SINAN RAJUB SENOGA
• Soltilo Bright Stars vs Onduparaka
• Kavumba Recreation Center
• Kick-off: 3pm
The Kavumba Recreation Center will be host for Soltilo Bright Stars and Onduparaka FC as match day 2 of the Uganda Premier League gets underway.
Soltilo Bright Stars will be aiming to recover from a 3-1 opening day defeat at Mbarara City.
Their visitors Onduparaka will also be aiming for their first win of the season having drawn 1-1 with UPDF FC at the Greenlight Stadium in their opener.
Soltilo Bright Stars
The home side welcome back defender Warren Buule who missed the Mbarara City game while unfit.
Striker Ronald Sempala remains sidelined since last season while new signings Meddie Kyeyune and Mathias Okwalinga are doubts for the encounter.
Defender Allan Katwe is on a return from injury and won’t feature in this one.
Japanese midfielder Kazuto Kushida will also not be part of the encounter as he waits for his ITC clearance.
New signings Atamba Nathaniel (acquired from Minneapolis, USA) and Tibo Balemangi Tresor (acquired from Congo’s Racing Club) are yet to acquire clearances to feature for the Caterpillars.
New signings Nathan Oloro, Mansor Agu Safi, Brian Kubo and Jarieko James are in contention to make their debuts having missed the first game.
Defenders Hamza Geriga and Martin Aniku Soso are out injured.
Emmanuel Oketch and Ivan Okello are fit to play having suffered minor injuries in the opener.
Dudu Bosco the Onduparaka head of technical department hinted on deploying defender Okello Ivan in defensive midfield.
What they say
Soltilo Bright Stars coach Baker Mboowa says his team is ready to get the ground going after a losing start;
” We lost our game against Mbarara City not because we were poor but because of mistakes. We came back and corrected our mistakes and we are ready to play against Onduparaka,”
“We need a win when playing at home and we shall get it because that’s what we shall play for.” Mboowa.
Shaban Muhammad, the Onduparaka captain says the team is in good shape ahead of the quest for their first win of the season;
“We are well prepared, everyone has been training hard, we’ve forgotten about our past game and everyone’s concentration is on tomorrow’s game. We are not on pressure and I think we shall get the three points.” Shaban Muhammad
The previous nine meetings between Bright Stars and Onduparaka have been dominated by draws.
Bright Stars have won three of the nine encounters, Onduparaka have managed two wins in the process while the other four have been draws.
Last season Onduparaka won 1-0 at Kavumba thanks to Emmanuel Oketch’s first half goal while the other game ended goal-less in Arua.
Both skippers of either side will be in spot once again. Shaban and Nelson Senkatuka have been named captains of their respective teams having returned during the preseason transfer window.
Senkatuka already got off the mark with a penalty kick again Mbarara City while Shaban is in search for his first goal of the season.
Other Friday Fixtures
• Vipers SC vs Wakiso Giants (Kitende)
• BUL FC vs Police FC (Bugembe)