Bright Stars Vs Maroons: Team News, Probable Lineups, Preview and Stats

Noordin Bunjo in debut action for Bright Stars against Vipers at Kitende. (Sports Lens photo)

Tuesday, October 4
*Bright Stars Vs Maroons – Kavumba

Wednesday, October 5
*Busoga United Vs Blacks Power – Kakindu

Friday, October 7
*Onduparaka Vs SC Villa – Bombo

Saturday, October 8
*Express Vs URA – Wankulukuku
*BUL Vs UPDF – Njeru

Sunday, October 9
*Arua Hill Vs KCCA – Barifa


*Team News:

  • Nelson Ssenkatuka set for a return after missing the opener at Kitende while Ivan Irinimbabazi is out for his Senior 4 exams.
  • Simon Ssemayange still out, Alexander Mandela and Jonathan Odongo are doubts after knocks at Kitende
  • Bob Oluoch and Frank Kato are available for selection after missing the opener due to loan clauses.
  • For Maroons, Captain David Ndihabwe who was stretchered off injured in the opener will require late fitness test and so is Andrew Kigozi who missed the opener due to Malaria.
  • Abraham Tusubira is nursing an Ankle injury while the encounter could have come early for Brian Nkuubi who just returned from national duties with Sand Cranes.

Probable Lineups

*Bright Stars – Hassan Matovu, Andrew Kyambadde, Warren Buule, Noordin Bunjo, Ashraf Mulindi, Samuel Ssenyonjo, Denis Kaka Omony, Muhammad Kyeyune, Ibrahim Kasinde, Cleophas Fiat, Nelson Ssenkatuka

*Maroons – Simon Tamale, Belmos Opio, Sula Mpanga, Godwin Kitagenda, Patrick Bayiga, Jacob Okao, Norman Odipio, Isaac Mpagi, Fred Amaku, Tezikya Lawrence, Solomon Walusimbi.

Asaph Mwebaze Welcome Former Bosses

Bright Stars coach Asaph Mwebaze.

Asaph Mwebaze will be hoping to get one over his former side as Bright Stars welcome Maroons in Kavumba in Match-day II of the Uganda Premier League 2022/23 season.

Mwebaze has been synonymous with Maroons where he coached the side for about 13 years, including winning the Big League championship titles.

He groomed a couple of players at the team, and it’s strong to note that current Maroons coach Muhammad Ssenfuma was once his assistant at the time.

Mwebaze had spells with Onduparaka and Nyamityobora after exiting Luzira, but none can compare to his time at Maroons.

He wants to use the same template at Bright Stars to help the team play some good entertaining football, and we saw glimpses of that when they frustrated Vipers at the home of the defending champions on the opening weekend.

Maroons danger-man Fred Amaku. Club media photo

And in the post match press conference at Kitende after that goalless draw, Mwebaze noted that he wants to use the point off Vipers to build on what promises to be a good side for the Kawempe-based side.

But against Maroons, he will be facing a side beaming with confidence after opening their return to UPL with a 5-0 demolition of Busoga United at Luzira.

Then, Fred Amaku scored twice while Isaac Mpagi, Solomon Walusimbi and Noel Nasasira added one each.

That result may be deceptive given the worrying situation at Busoga United, but one thing is for sure, Maroons are not a walkover.

UPL table standings

Goalkeeper Simon Tamale will be returning to Kavumba where he left in the concluded transfer market, after saving the side from relegation, and will be hoping for a cleansheet against his former teammates.

“We are ready to handle Maroons as we did against Vipers because as we talk I think they are table leaders now if am not mistaken and their 5-0 win against Busoga in the opener shows how smart they are in the final third so it calls us to be focused and alert on their forwards, a thing we can do better, ” Bright Stars’ Warren Buule said.

“And this is a performance strategy we want to improve on and on, working hard each match, following coaches instructions so that we can win because our target is to finish in top five as we once did and playing entertaining football.”

The Prison Warders XI that started against Busoga United

The Visitors will be banking on the striking partnership of Fred Amaku and Solomon Walusimbi that was deadly in FUFA Big League and in their league opener.

This is going to be Maroons first UPL away game since March 2020 where they played a 1-1 draw against Kyetume.

Their last UPL away win came in October 2019 when they defeated Mbarara City 2-1 at Kakyeka.

*Head to Head

2017/18
Maroon 0-0 Bright Stars
Bright Stars 0-1 Maroons.

2018/19
Maroon 1-0 Bright Stars.
Bright Stars 3-1 Maroons.

2019/20
Bright Stars 2-1 Maroons.
Maroons 3-2 Bright Stars

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