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

Friday, February 23
*Maroons Vs Bright Stars
*SC Villa Vs Onduparaka.
*KCCA Vs Arua Hill

*Team News
Sula Mpanga who suffered a concussion in second round opener against Busoga is back on his feet though he might be unfit to play.

  • Maroons however welcome back Solomon Walusimbi, Jacob Okao, Norman Odipio and Amir Nalugonda who missed the season restart.
  • Team captain David Ndihabwe is still out due to Injury.
  • Bright Stars will miss Midfielder Ivan Irinimbabazi, foward Isa Bugembe and Goal keeper Kamya Shamulan who are with Uganda Hippos in Egypt.

*Probable Lineups

*Maroons Simon Tamale, Norman Odipio, Fredrick Kigozi, Patrick Bayiga, Opio Belmos, Micheal Etudude, Felix Okot, Ronald Orombi, Fred Amaku, Brian Kayanja, Abraham Tusubira.

Bright Stars – Hassan Matovu, Jonathan Odongo , Denis Omony, Warren Buule, Andy Kyambadde, Fiat Cleophus, Alex Mandela, Noordin Bunjo, Emmanuel Loki, Ibrahim Kasinde, Sam Ssenyonjo.

*Asaph Mwebaze Back At Luzira

Maroons FC will be eager to record their first back to back win of the season when they host Bright Stars on matchday 16 at Luzira.

They are coming off the back of a 1-0 win over Busoga United in the second round opener played at Njeru, which was also their first away win.

And following a goalless draw at Kavumba in first round, coach Senfuma is confident that his side will claim the three points basing on home advantage.

Maroons have only one defeat at Luzira this season (1-3 against Blacks power) so former Maroons tactician Asaph Mwebaze could receive a rude welcome back at Prison grounds according to his Student coach Senfuma.

“Players are physically and mentally fit for the game, we know it’s not going to be a easy game depending on first round result but we are home and we are expecting to get the three points,” Mohammed Senfuma

“We respect coach Asaph because he knows football and very tactical, he is coming back home yes, but as of us who stayed we also need a win, we know his team strength is in defending but we are well prepared to penetrate through.”

The hosts are currently in 10th position with 18 points and a win will see them leapfrog visitors Bright Stars who are in 8th with 20 points.

For the Visitors, they will be eyeing a perfect start to the second round

After missing on the opening fixture of UPL resumption due to their opponent Vipers engagement on the Continent, they will reopen their campaign at Luzira

Their two wins in the Stanbic Uganda Cup round of 64 and 32 matches will be a huge boost going to Luzira where they are yet to win in the league.

Despite a sloppy start to the season, where they went seven games without a win, Bright Stars proved to be a hard nut to crack on the bounce.

They have lost only two away games in first round, a 3-0 against Gaddafi and 2-1 against Arua hills and Coach Asaph is hoping for more good result in the second round.

“We have been preparing for this game since, only that we have gone two months now without a league game,” Coach Asaph said.

“We have been trying to get the boys in shape, the two Uganda cup games we had helped, so we won’t be affected as we used the same long break to improve on what we did in first round.

“So on Friday our team will be in much better shape in which we expect it to be so that we get better result in second round.”

They currently sit 8th on the log and a win will see them climb to 7th with 23 points

Head to Head
Maroon 0-0 Bright Stars
Bright Stars 0-1 Maroons.

Maroon 1-0 Bright Stars.
Bright Stars 3-1 Maroons.

Bright Stars 2-1 Maroons.
Maroons 3-2 Bright Stars

Bright Stars 0-0 Maroons.
Maroons ??? Bright Stars.



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