Friday 29th April
UPDF vs URA, Bombo Military Barracks Ground
Vipers vs Express, St Mary’s Stadium-Kitende
Tooro United vs KCCA, Buhinga Stadium.
UPDF will be without Andrew Kawooya who is with St Mary’s SS Kitende for secondary school games in Arua and Samson Kasozi whose school Royal Giants was eliminated.
Jacob Okao and Kigozi Ambrose are also out as well as Salim Huud.
Sunday Geoffrey will also miss the game due to injury.
URA will be without Moses Sseruyidde, Hudu Mulikyi and Derrick Ndahiro through injuries.
Hannington Ssebwalunyo, Hassan Kalega and Ronald Kigongo are also ruled out for the Tax collectors.
UPDF: Wasswa Yusuf (GK), James Begesa, Oyirwoth Daglas, Julius Kisambira, Musa Mudde, Okello Donato, Adriko Rogers, Ibrahim Wammanah, Mugisha Rogers, Ivan Ahimbisibwe, Yiga Frank.
URA: Nafian Alionzi (GK), Ashraf Mandela, Arafat Galiwango, Najib Fesali, Benjamin Nyakoojo, Patrick Mbowa, Saidi Kyeyune, Shafik Kagimu, Viane Ssekajuko, Rwothomio Cromwel, Steven Mukwala.
Preview: URA Seek for a Double over UPDF as they eye second place
URA make a short trip to Bombo Military Barracks Ground to face UPDF in a bid to move to second place on the log.
The tax collectors are a point below second placed KCCA with 47 points, but have played a game more.
They will also hope to complete a double over the Army side having won the reverse fixture where they came from behind to beat UPDF 3-1 at the Arena of Visions.
Simon Mbazira gave UPDF the lead from a freekick before Rwothomio Cromwel, Viane Ssekajuko and Ashraf Mandela completed the comeback.
UPDF will be wary of their home form in the second round – They have only one win at Bombo.
The last time, UPDF defeated URA was in April 2018 after a 1-0 home victory courtesy of Dongo Mustafa 76th minute goal to register only their second win over URA.
Since then they have lost all their last three games against the Tax collectors at Bombo.
Coming into this game, Ivan Ahimbisibwe scored the only goal to inspire UPDF past relegated Tooro United to register their first home win in the second round and putting an end to their seven home games winless run.
Speaking ahead of the game, UPDF Leftback Oyirwoth Douglas is confident they will overcome their poor record against URA.
“We have been training very well and everyone is in shape and we hope for the best,” said Oyirwoth on Thursday.
“Of course our record against URA is not all that good but all records are meant be broken and you never know this time round
“True, we have not been performing well at home but we have not been losing also so much at home so that gives us courage.
“URA is a good team and I believe in our team also, we shall made it and God will decide.”
In their last game, URA beat Relegation threatened Police FC 2-0 courtesy of Rwothomio Cromwel and Skipper Shafik Kagimu goals.
UPDF are 9th on the log with 33 points after 26 matches having won 8, Drawn and lost 9 apiece.
Brian Ssenyondo’s side have scored 30 goals and conceded 38 times – Only Wakiso Giants (40) and Tooro United (57) have conceded more goals than them.
In their last five matches, they have three wins, a draw and a defeat.
At home, they have played 13 matches collecting 20 points with five wins, five draws and three defeats.
They have scored 12 goals at home and conceded 12 times.
URA sits 3rd on the log with 46 points after 26 matches with 12 wins, 10 draws and 4 losses.
Sam Timbe’s side have scored 44 goals, only Leaders Vipers (57) and 4th place BUL (47) have scored more. They have conceded 23 times – only Leaders Vipers (18) and second placed KCCA (18) have conceded less goals.
In their last five matches, URA have won and lost two apiece and one draw.
Away from the Arena of Visions, the Tax collectors have collected 20 points in 13 matches having won and drawn 5 each and lost three.
They have scored 22 goals away from home and Conceeded 12 times.
In their last five games on the road, they have managed two wins and two draws and lost the other.
Head to Head
UPDF ?-? URA
URA 3-1 UPDF
URA 2-1 UPDF
UPDF 0-1 URA
UPDF 1-0 URA
URA 2-1 UPDF
URA 2-0 UPDF
UPDF 0-2 URA
UPDF 1-1 URA
URA 0-1 UPDF