AUPL: Maroons Take Survival Fight to Matugga

Baker Lukooya takes on Maroons defenders in first leg draw

After close to a two-month break, what is ed troche local fans have a reason to smile with the return of the ever-entertaining Uganda Premier League.

Six matches will be running from 4:00pm on Tuesday and one such fixture to wait for will be played in Mwererwe when Bright Stars welcome Maroons FC.

The two teams failed to produce a goal in their last fixture on Boxing Day.

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Maroons start life without Coach Asaph Tumwebaze who is said to be out on leave but coach Paddy Kintu believes the team has all it takes to save the team from the chop this season.

About five additions have been made to the team with four others released. Maroons will miss services of midfield king pin Ronald Orombi who broke his leg while in preseason training.

Among the five new faces in the team include Eddy Muyingo(from Baza), and Johnstone Kamoga (from Kakapich S.A), more about Ibrahim Kongo, Peter Otai (from SCVU), Ronald Mugabi (promoted from academy) and Eddy Kampampa from KIira young.

“It’s really a tough condition we are in, coming into the league as the best team and now we are sitting on the bottom. Nevertheless we shall fight for a better second leg and with my new additions,” Kintu told ChimpSport on Monday morning.

“I believe we can finish top ten. I know it’s a tough call but when you critically look at the table, you will realize there is nothing extraordinary about other teams.”

His counterpart in Bright Stars, coach Kajoba observed: “We have learnt this season that the League is tricky and we play at home in front of our crowd where we feel that we can get a very  decent result, but we also learnt in the tie of the first round that Maroons are very solid defensively. We found it very hard to break them down in Luzira even with the much possession and pressing all in our favour.”

Bright Stars led by Cranes keeper Mathias Kigonya and centre back Bernard Muwanga are the meanest side in the division – conceding only seven goals, with only three at home at the champions stadium in Mwererwe.

Meanwhile Maroons sit in the bottom with only nine points. The prisons side have also been labelled one of ‘the Kings of draws’. They have squared out in six games with four coming away from home, no other team has more.

Bright stars are tenth on the log but the beauty of all is that they are just eight points away from the log leaders KCCA FC and Kajoba doesn’t rule out the chances of his side taking the ultimate prize.

“The league is the greatest football brand we have in the country. We play with a lot care in this league like everybody does. Everybody dreams of winning the League but our priority will be on taking on game by game and see how far we can push.”


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