Embattled Tooro United host Simeon Masaaba’s Onduparaka

SINAN RAJUB SENOGA

The last time Tooro United and Onduparaka met, Wasswa Bbosa unceremoniously resigned from his job as the Tooro head coach citing unpalatable conditions at the club.

The two sides meet in one of the two games that open up the second round of the UPL, the other is between URA and SC Villa in Luweero.

Tooro United come into this encounter with majority of their senior players missing out after declining from traveling to Fort Portal citing non-payments by the club.

The players led by their captains Timo Musinguzi and Mike Kawooya have written to Fufa inquiring about the club ownership and addressing the issue of their unpaid salaries and sign on fees.

Tooro United who are now under the new ownership of Alice Namatovu will look up to the few players available so as to honor the game but all their three goalkeepers Meddie Kibirige, Michael Nantamu and Chrispus Kusiima didn’t not travel with the team.

Onduparaka are almost in the similar situation as players have gone months without salaries which has prompted some to seek for greener pastures elsewhere.

Vitalis Tabu and Dudu Ramathan are on the verge of joining BUL FC, Atendere Jeriga is Wakiso Giants bound while Ceaser Okhuti, Ibrahim Faizul Anini, Rashid Okocha and Muhammad Rashid have missed the trip to Tooro for unclear reasons.

Simeon Masaaba will be in the club’s dug out after head coach Livingstone Mbabazi alongside his deputies Sadick Sempigi and Yusuf Senyonjo departed from the club.

Masaaba will now look up to Gadaffi Wahab, Julius Malingumu, Jamal Malish and goalkeeper Yusuf Wasswa for inspiration.

Junior league graduands Jimmy Piriyo, Rogers Okumu and Salim Abdallah could be considered while Ezra Bida is set to make his first start of the season.

Midfielder Allan Busobozi has also returned to the West Nile after a long absence.

The past eight meetings between Onduparaka and Tooro have seen both sides win three times and drawing the other two.

Gadaffi Wahab, Malish Jamal and Gibson Adinho were on target when Onduparaka cruised 3-0 past Tooro in the first round.

The Caterpillars are fifth on the UPL table with 23 points while Tooro United are 13th with only 14 points.

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