The KCCA FC and Police FC encounter is expected to have many subplots in a showcase of total football, writes JOHN VIANNEY NSIMBE.
KCCA FC and Police FC have a lot that binds them. Police coach Abdallah Mubiru started his coaching career as Mike Mutebi, the KCCA manager’s assistant, back in 2004. Yet, Mutebi, who has managed KCCA since July 2015, replaced Mubiru.
Despite that history, the two men will be in command of different dugouts when KCCA hosts Police in the Azam Uganda Premier League this afternoon at the StarTimes stadium Lugogo.
Unlike many other coaches in the league, these two will not waver in their philosophies of attacking football, which should make this tie exhilarating.
Mutebi boasts of how his team and Police have been the most offensive in the league, which makes this tie a must-watch.
With 15 goals in eight games, KCCA are the league’s top-scorers. And in close pursuit of them is Police with 13 goals in nine games. But Police top the league with 17 points, four ahead of KCCA in fifth. That leaves KCCA with little room for error.
But Mutebi is not worried. Although he acknowledges that they must win, because that is what the team is prepared for, Mutebi believes the season is a marathon, and a championship cannot be decided now.
Mutebi cannot discount how important it would be for momentum if they beat Police. KCCA have not won two games in a row this season, yet Police have already picked a major scalp in Vipers SC and drew one-all with SC Villa, which beat KCCA 2-1 recently.
Police is not atop the league standings by accident. Mubiru insisted that they are working hard to stay with the competition.
In the reverse fixture last season, Police rallied from 2-0 down to hold KCCA two-all draw in the last eight minutes. In the first round at Lugogo, KCCA won 4-0. But Mubiru will not be fazed by that.
During pre-season, Police walloped KCCA 3-0 on the artificial turf, something that should give them much confidence.
Police have a number of former KCCA players, such as Martin Mpuga, Paul Willa and Yasin Mugume, who will be fired up for this one.
Uganda Premier League
B. Stars V Onduparaka @Mwererwe
KCCA V Police @Lugogo
Bul V SC Villa @Kakindu
Express V Masavu @Wankulukuku
URA V Proline @Namboole
UPDF V Vipers @Bombo
Maroons V Soana @Luzira
Jinja SS V Mbarara @Bugembe