Reigning champions Uganda Christian University (UCU) will be looking to make it two wins in a row when they take on Kampala International University (KIU) this afternoon in Group B of the Pepsi University Football League.
UCU won their opening fixture against Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU), beating them 2-0 at home in Mukono, thanks to a brace by Geoffrey Gagganga. And coach Kintu Mwera is hopeful that Gagganga will continue with his goal-scoring form.
“Gagganga has been a revelation. He was fantastic against IUIU creating chances and finding spaces to score two good goals and I hope that he will be able to do the same against KIU,” Mwera said.
“The team is ready and relaxed. We are taking it one game at a time as we look to get out of the group stage and defend our trophy. KIU is a team we have faced before and you expect good football,” Mwera added.
The two teams have faced each other six times with UCU winning twice and KIU winning once. Their most recent meeting was in 2017 in the group stage of the competition with both games ending in one-all draws.
For Kampala International University coach Geoffrey Akabway, today’s game is a chance to continue their football revival.
“We played well against Kumi and managed to get a win though we didn’t play as expected in the second half,” Akabway said.
“UCU are reigning champions and have always been a tough team to play. The last time we met the game ended in a draw but this time round we need a win and that is what we are going for,” Akabway added.
The venue for the game has been changed from Nsambya to Sendi Grounds, Wankulukuku.
In other games this week, Islamic University in Uganda will host Kumi University on Thursday, February 27 while Busitema University welcomes International University of East Africa on Friday, February 28.
On Saturday, February 29, Kyambogo University will host Mbarara University. University of Kisubi and Kabale University face off on Sunday, March 1 at Kisubi.