Friday, September 22
Kitara FC vs UPDF FC, Masindi Stadium
NEC vs Busoga United, Philip Omondi Stadium
URA vs Gaddafi FC, Mehta Stadium
Dudu Ramadhan and Paddy Muhumuza are doubtful for Kitara FC with a cold and fever respectively.
Lazaro Muhindo is ruled out due personal issues while Shafiq Magogo is at School.
UPDF FC will still be without Left-back Oyirwoth Daglas and Robert Eseru due to injuries.
Ezekiel Katende is also ruled out.
Munir Saidi, Nsimbe Jibril and Tebandeke Christopher had there license sorted and travelled with the team.
Kitara FC: Chrispus Kusiima (GK), Owachgiu Maxwell, Jasper Aheebwa, Ibrahim Magaandazi, Benjamin Nyakoojo, Okello Donato, Frank Zaga Tumwesigye, Solomon Okwalinga, Brian Aheebwa, Denis Omedi, Kabon Living.
UPDF FC: Wasswa Yusuf (GK), Kawagu Christopher, Okello Agaba, Bernard Muwanga, Vuni Bright Joseph, Adriko Rogers, Zzinda Hussein, Achumu Faridi, Kaija Derrick, Shugai Kalisa, Muwadda Mawejje.
Preview: Brian Ssenyondo in spotlight
All eyes will be on Kitara FC Head Coach Brian Ssenyondo as he goes head to head with his former pay masters UPDF at the Masindi Stadium.
Ibrahim Magaandazi, Sabir Yasin, Yiga Frank, Luwalo Kipper, Samson Kasozi and Okello Donato who all joined Kitara FC from UPDF FC will all be out to haunt their former club.
The Royals will temporary use Masindi Stadium as home ground as their ground in Hoima is still under construction, they used Kigaaya Playground in the Big League last season.
Ssenyondo got off to a winning start on his debut after a 2-1 victory over SC Villa at Mutesa II Stadium Wankulukuku in the season opener courtesy of Denis Omedi opener and a late own goal.
Against UPDF FC, Kitara FC will hope to build on that Villa victory to make it two wins in two games.
The Royals will also target their first victory over UPDF in the Uganda Premier League after losing home and away in their two encounters two years ago.
Speaking ahead of the match, Kitara FC Assistant Coach Sserwanja Isma says that they made a statement of intent with a victory over SC Villa in the league opener.
“Last Friday we made a big statement by winning Villa 2-1 at Wankulukuku away from home,” Sserwanja admitted
“It was really a very wonderful performance by the boys.
“I understand we are playing the second game against UPDF at home away from home, we are in Masindi but fortunately in Bunyoro still.
“Well, we are playing a team which is stubborn, a team that our head coach came from so I think it’s gonna be a tough game but fortunately we have worked on all the tactics that we think shall help us overcome the opponents.”
UPDF FC Head Coach Pius Ngabo will be in search for the first win since taking over from Brian Ssenyondo.
He kicked off with a goalless draw with URA FC at the Bombo Barracks Ground.
The Army side will seek to reciprocate the impressive performance against the Tax collectors to inspire them to victory.
The Bombo based side will also bank on their record over Kitara FC.
The last time they met was on 24th Aprill 2021 at the Bombo Barracks Ground when Brian Kayanja and Charles Ssebutinde inspired the hosts to a 2-1 victory. Nathan Oloro was on target for Kitara FC from the spot.
The two have met twice in the Uganda Premier League with UPDF FC winning both of them.
UPDF FC have scored seven goals against Kitara FC and conceeded twice.
Kitara FC last five records in the top flight stands at two wins and three defeats.
UPDF FC are winless in there last five league matches with three draws and two defeats.
Head to Head
Kitara FC ?-? UPDF
UPDF 2-1 Kitara
Kitara 1-5 UPDF