PREVIEW: It's all or nothing when Bright Stars take on Mbarara City
Bright Stars will host Mbarara City Football Club on Tuesday, February 11 at Champions Stadium in Mwerere.
When Mbarara City Football Club hosted Bright Stars during the first round duel on 29th December 2018, the former won 2-1 at the Kakyeka Stadium in Mbarara.
Paul Mucureezi and Karim Ndugwa (back to the parent club, Wakiso Giants) were on target for the Ankole Lions back then, with midfielder Augustine Kacancu getting the consolation for the visitors.
As the two sides clash once again, for the second round encounter, there will be a lot at stake to play for.
First, Mbarara City has indeed proven that they are this season’s revelation, sitting in an unfamiliar third place on the 16 team log with 35 points, six off the pace from the leaders KCCA.
Fred Kajoba’s Bright Stars has struggled for form, failing to win their last 9 league games with five draws against BUL, Vipers, Onduparaka, SC Villa and lately KCCCA before falling to Police, URA, Mbarara City itself and lately Tooro United at Buhinga Stadium.
Current form aside, Bright Stars is keen to avenge the first round loss, banking on their last season 1-0 hard fought win against the same opponents at the Champions Stadium, Mwererwe.
There are no fresh injury concerns from the two camps. Bright Stars held to a goalless draw with KCCA in their immediate past game as Mbarara City humbled nemesis entity Nyamityobora 3-0 in the much-hyped Mbarara derby.
Both sides have at least a talisman on their team with record signing and current club top scorer Mucureezi in charge of the affairs at Mbarara City.
Bright Stars always look to the magic of their inspirational and hard-working skipper Nelson Senkatuka for uplifting.
Mbarara City goalkeeper Ali Kimera, defenders Hilary Mukundane, Jasper Aheebwa, Rashid Muhammad, holding midfielders Ivan Mbowa, Burundian Pistis Barenge as well as upfront players Ibrahim Orit, Ivan Eyam, Makuweth Wol and Jude Ssemugabi are Charles Livingstone Mbabazi’s trusted cards.
The home side has of late fielded Benson Wegima in goal, Pius Kaggwa, Denis Ngobi, Samuel Ssekitto, Innocent Assimwe as the core defenders, Kacancu in central midfield to partner either Brian Enzema, Henry Kiwanuka, Mahad Kisekka, Methiodious Jjuugu, Dan Birikwalira John Kokas Opejo as feeders to Senkatuka and Brian Kayanja upfront.
Positive results for either side will be so beneficial in this campaign.
Bright Stars who are currently 9th with 23 points seek for maximum points to avoid any chances of slipping to the relegation zone.
Mbarara City, too, ought to win so as to close down on the six points’ gap between them and the leaders, KCCA.
Other Matches on Tuesday:
Onduparaka vs URA – Green Light Stadium, Arua
Maroons vs Ndejje University – Prisons Stadium, Luzira
SC Villa vs Paidha Black Angels – Namboole
Kirinya-Jinja S.S vs Police – Mighty Arena, Jinja
Tooro United vs Vipers – Buhinga Stadium, Fort Portal
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