Abdallah Mubiru and his Police side welcome URA to the MTN Omondi stadium, Lugogo on Tuesday seeking a return to league triumph.
Tuesday’s fixture is one that every fan should vividly remember because it is the one that ensured our survival in the league last season.
It should be remembered that after the government put a halt to all sports activities in the country in March last year due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus, the football season ended prematurely. This meant that each team ended the campaign in the position it occupied at that time. We were placed 13th, just a place above the relegation zone, and it was the game against URA that lifted us above the dreaded zone following a 2-1 victory over the side on 6 March 2020.
The total lockdown came into effect on 18 March 2020. Had we lost that game in Ndejje, the lockdown would’ve found us in the bottom three meaning we’d be playing in the Big League now.
Narrow escape? Well well! Our status in the league is still intact. That’s what matters.
The task now for the boys is to return to winning ways, but to do that, they must stop URA who are on a four-game winning streak.
The Tax Collectors come as a tough opponent as we’ve come victors against them only twice in the last six meetings, but Mubiru insists the boys are ready and motivated.
“The players are ready, fit and motivated to face URA tomorrow.
“It is one of the big games we have. We are aware of the impact of a loss to us so we are looking forward to managing ourselves and the game itself better than the way we did the previous game.”
The Cops drew 2-2 with SC Villa in the last game. It was a result that left us 4th in the table standings with 24 points. Three points tomorrow will see us overtake URA in the third position. The three points will also get us closer to the top of the table that’s currently occupied by Express who are on 28 points.
Derrick Kakooza scorer of the opening goal in that 2-1 win last season returns Tuesday morning from Mauritania where he’s been with the Uganda Hippos at the AFCON U20 tourney, but won’t be able to play.
Ben Ochen scorer of the winning goal in that same victory will also be missed as he’s still battling an injury.
Samuel Kayongo, Eric Senjobe, Fahad Kizito and Herman Wasswa will all sit this one out.
Big news though is the return of captain Tonny Mawejje. The veteran missed both the Mbarara City and Villa games after sustaining a knock against Bright Stars.
After making his first appearance for Police as well as scoring his first goal for the club on Saturday, Henry Kiseka is also available for selection. If given playing time tomorrow, he’ll be facing his former club.
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