Tuesday 19th April
UPDF vs Tooro United, Bombo
SC Villa Vs Mbarara City, Njeru – 2pm
Arua Hill vs Busoga United, Barifa
UPDF will be without Andrew Kawooya, Samson Kasozi and Luwalo Kipper due to school engagements.
However, they are boosted with the return of Mugisha Rogers from injury.
For Tooro United they will be without Louis Mawa who didn’t travel with the team.
They welcome Goalkeeper Kenneth Lukyamuzi who missed the 2-1 defeat to Bright Stars.
UPDF: Wasswa Yusuf (GK), James Begesa, Oyirwoth Daglas, Denis Ssekitoleko, Jacob Okao, Okello Donato, Adriko Rogers, Ibrahim Wammanah, Ezekiel Katende, Yiga Frank, Ivan Ahimbisibwe.
Tooro United: Simon Mubuya(GK), Gerald Lubanjwa, Rashid Lubega, Musa Docca, Adrian Serugo, Apollo Kagogwe, Mpagi Isaac Kajuba, Muhamad Nsereko, Hussein Mwanje, Mark Nsubuga, Ronald Magwali.
Preview: UPDF out to hit the final nail in Tooro United coffin
A win for UPDF will officially confirm Tooro United relegation to the FUFA Big League.
The visitors, rock bottom with 10 points after 25 games, are 14 points adrift of safety and have 15 points to fight for in the remaining five games! Any slip will completely end their little survival hopes.
On the other hand, the Army side won’t afford to slip in-front of their fans who are yet to witness a home victory in the second round.
UPDF will also be eyeing a double over Tooro United after their victory in the first round.
In the reverse fixture, UPDF were 4-2 winners at Buhinga Stadium, courtesy of Ivan Ahimbisibwe brace from the spot, Yiga Frank and Kigozi Ambrose for UPDF while Hussein Mwanje with a brace for the hosts from the spot.
There is now less pressure on Brian Ssenyondo, for now, as they come into this one after a 2-0 victory over Busoga United in their last game which was held at Kakindu stadium.
Midfielders Adriko Rogers and Ibrahim Wammanah inspired the Army side to victory.
Speaking ahead of the game, UPDF Top scorer Ivan Ahimbisibwe says they are motivated and ready to win the game.
“We are playing Tooro United tomorrow (Tuesday) we expect a very good game, we respect them its a very good club but we have prepared well for this Match-day,” states Ahimbisibwe on Monday.
“We are home and we are motivated by the last win because we were away and even got the maximum points”.
“Now that we shall be home, we have prepared very well and players are in a good mood, we are really looking forward to winning the game”.
Coming into this game, Tooro United lost their last game 2-1 to Bright Stars at the Buhinga Stadium.
Emmanuel Loki and Derrick Ngoobi scored for the visitors while Apollo Kagogwe was on target for the hosts.
Tooro United will be wary of their poor records away from home that have seen them winless this season with just a draw (2-2 against Express).
UPDF are 9th on the log with 30 points after 25 matches having won seven, nine draws and defeats apiece.
They have scored 29 goals and conceeded 38 times only Wakiso Giants (39) and Tooro United (56) have conceeded more.
In their last five games, UPDF have registered two wins, a draw and two defeats.
At home, they have played 12 matches collecting 17 points with four wins, five draws and three defeats.
They have scored 11 goals at home and conceeded 12.
The Army side are winless in their last five home games losing two and drawing the other three.
Tooro United are bottom in the 16th place with 10 points after 25 matches having won only two games, four draws and 19 loses.
They have scored 18 goals only Mbarara City (17) have scored less and conceeded a league high 56 goals.
They have lost all but drawn only one of their last five matches.
Away from home, Tooro United have played 12 matches, collecting just one point without a win, one draw and 11 defeats.
They have scored 8 goals and conceeded 33 times.
In their last five matches on the road, they have lost all but drawn just once.
Head to Head
UPDF ?-? Tooro United
Tooro United 4-2 UPDF
UPDF 1-2 Tooro United
Tooro United 1-0 UPDF
UPDF 2-0 Tooro United
Tooro United 3-1 UPDF
UPDF 4-0 Tooro United
Tooro United 0-0 UPDF