The Azam Uganda Premier League continues tomorrow at various grounds, with all the giants in action, reports JOHN VIANNEY NSIMBE.
Vipers SC coach Miguel Duarte is a man under pressure, following his team’s one-all draw with UPDF FC on Wednesday in Bombo. While it is difficult to pin Vipers’ inconsistency entirely on him, failure to beat Maroons FC tomorrow could break his back.
However, Vipers’ story is simply a reflection of the entire league anyway. Until Wednesday’s 2-0 win over Police, defending champions KCCA had not enjoyed back-to-back wins this season. Apart from Maroons, who beat Masavu and Proline 1-0 in succession, others have struggled.
Express also did it with wins over Maroons and URA. But Express has now lost three and drawn one in its last four ties. KCCA manager Mike Mutebi said while it is exciting to the fans that the league is tight, it also confirms how the players are inconsistent.
SC Villa’s assistant coach Paul Mukatabala added that there is an element of casualness amongst players. But Mukatabala is optimistic they can overcome the casual appraoch and beat Bright Stars. The Jogoos beat BUL 1-0 on Wednesday.
Bright Stars coach Fred Kajoba is also grappling with similar problems. Although, his charges beat Onduparaka 2-1 on Wednesday, they had drawn goalless with KCCA and Express FC before beating URA FC 1-0.
That cannot be said of URA’s coach Ibrahim Kirya. While URA’s build-up play has been good, scoring remains a problem as seen in their one-all draw with Proline. They will be tested to the maximum by a wounded Police, who have dropped five points in their last two games.
Uganda premier league
Police v URA @Namboole
SC Villa v Bright Stars @Masaka
Soana v KCCA @Kavumba
Mbarara v UPDF @Kakyeka
Onduparaka v Jinja SS @Arua
Proline v Express @Lugogo
Vipers SC v Maroons @Kitende
Masavu v BUL @Entebbe