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MATCH PREVIEW: Joseph Mpande ruled out as URA FC takes on the reincarnated UPDF FC

BY: SINAN RAJUB SENOGA

URA FC welcome army side UPDF FC in the second day of Match day 1 of the Azam Uganda Premier League at Mandela national stadium Namboole.

The hosts who recently shifted to Namboole from Lugazi, will be without new signing Joseph Mpande Mbolimbo who is yet to be licensed with 2 other players. Him alongside Steven Mpoza and Ajab Abdul Rahman have not been granted clearance to feature in today’s encounter while goalkeeper Cleo Setubba is on the sidelines with no return date.

URA has been earmarked as title contenders after a vigorous engagement in the transfer market. The 4 time champions brought in Brian Majwega, Simon Okwi,Joseph Mpande, Siraje Sentamu, Ivan Bukenya, Henry Kisekka, Denis Kamanzi, Ajab Abdul Rahman, Paul Mboowa and Steven Mpoza.

There are no injury concerns in the UPDF camp with all players declared fit and eligible to feature in today’s duel. Basena’s men come into today’s game fresh from the East Africa Military games which has been the army side’s pre season preparations.

This will be UPDF’s first match since reincarnating from last season’s identity of The Saints. Head coach Moses Basena and midfielder Kibirige Jimmy Lule are facing their former pay masters.

URA coach Ibrahim Kirya will rely on the club’s top scorer last season Shafik Kagimu. The visitors will bank on veteran striker Godfrey Wakaza for goals who was also their top scorer the previous campaign.

When the two sides met last season, the tax collectors won 2-0 on the two occasions, Peter Lwasa and Bokota Labama winning it in Bombo while Kagimu and Fred Okot scored in Lugazi.

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