SINAN RAJUB SENOGA
Whereas the business end to the 2018/19 draws closer, the count down to one of the least exciting seasons in the recent past is on.
KCCA appear to be runaway winners as Paidha, Ndejje and Nyamityobora are the obvious candidates to wave goodbye to the high table of Ugandan football.
Here we look at the six key talking points to expect from match day 26 including one of the most inconsequential Express Vs Villa matches you will ever watch that has only remained with pride at stake.
1. David vs Goliath in Zombo
Bottom placed Paidha Black Angels will become the first team to be relegated this season should they fail to beat log leaders on Tuesday at the Bar Okoro in Zombo. A win for KCCA would simply imply that the struggling league debutants are put out of misery having failed to match the demanding standards of the Premier League.
The Blacks will have to negotiate the tough tie without a coach on the touchline after Anthony Sekitto allegedly ditched the club a fortnight after being appointed head coach. Sam Bill the club doctor will be in charge in Sekitto’s absence.
2. Express – SC Villa renew rivalry
Once the beauty queens of the Ugandan football – Express and SC Villa renew acquaintances on Thursday at Wankulukuku with both sides tottering on the negative side of the StarTimes Premier League table. Express are 10th with 32 points accumulated thus far whilst the Jogoos (12th with 26 points) are struggling to extend their proximity from the relegation red line.
3. Police aim to break Onduparaka jinx
The Cops seek to arrest losing streak against Onduparaka, they will attempt to end a five-match losing run against Onduparaka when both sides lock horns on Tuesday at Lugogo. Ondu have won all the previous meetings including a 5-0 mauling at Namboole last season.
The first round match ended 2-1 thanks to goals from Rashid Toha and Ceaser Okhuti while Simon Mbazira scored the consolation for Abdallah Mubiru’s men.
4. Can the Venoms pass Mbarara test?
Mbarara City are ready to go over the controversy that marred their 2-1 defeat against SC Villa last week when they welcome Vipers who are second with four points below leaders KCCA.
The Ankole Lions have proved a hard nut to crack for the big boys this term and pose a threat to the fragile title hopes of the Venoms. After drawing against KCCA in the previous game, it’s now a cautious case for Vipers not to afford any slip ups or else say good bye to their title dreams.
5. The ever exciting Jinja derby
For the sixth time in the league, Jinja neighbors BUL FC and Kirinya Jinja SS will lock horns in the “Jinja Derby”. It has always been an affair fueled by pre-match talk and drama on the pitch but has never witnessed either side emerging victorious.
The previous five meetings have all been played out to draws including a 2-2 in the first round where Kirinya had to rally from two goals down courtesy of Fred Amaku and Joel Madondo.
It is only one point that separates BUL who are sixth and 8th placed Kirinya.
6. Ndejje, Nyamityobora in relegation six-pointer
Lowly placed sides Ndejje University and Nyamityobora can boast their seemingly fading hopes of survival should either side win when they face head on at the Arena of Visions on Tuesday. Ndejje are 14th with 21 points, five behind SC Villa and Maroons whereas Nyamityobora are second from bottom with 17 points from 25 outings.
Alex Isabirye’s team will be seeking for a double over their opponents having won the reverse fixture 2-0 at Kakyeka last December.
Match Day 26 Fixtures
Tuesday 9th April
• Police vs Onduparaka – StarTimes stadium, Lugogo
• Paidha Black Angels vs KCCA – Bar Okoro grounds, Zombo
• Ndejje University vs Nyamityobora – Arena of Visions, Luwero
Wednesday 10th April
• BUL FC vs Kirinya Jinja SS – FUFA Technical Center, Njeru
• Mbarara City vs Vipers – Kakyeka stadium, Mbarara
• URA FC vs Bright Stars – Mandela National Stadium, Namboole
• Maroons vs Tooro United – Luzira Prisons ground
Thursday 11th April
• Express vs SC Villa – Muteesa II, Wankulukuku