AUPL: Referees Will Decide our Match, Says Ayiekoh

Two contrasting styles of play will be at test on Saturday afternoon when URA FC travel to Matugga to face Bright Stars in the 18th round of the Uganda premier league. A total of 45 goals have been scored in matches where the tax collectors have been involved while the statistic is absolutely different for the hosts.

The stars have only conceded seven goals in 17 outings. In fact only three teams; Police, visit Express and Simba have scored a goal at Champions stadium. Actually, try Police is the only team to pick maximum points at Bright Stars.

The two sides are the most on form in the division basing on last five matches where Bright Stars has picked thirteen points without conceding. The tax collectors are second though have a point to worry since they have only one win in last five away.

Last time the two clashed was on Boxing day, the match ending one all with goals from League leading scorer Robert Ssentongo and Bright Stars best poacher Anthony Bongole late equalizer. Ssentongo has 11 goals to his name while Bongole has five. Coach Fred Kajoba however believes that Bongole will be the man to watch in this tie even though he hasn’t scored a single goal since then.

“Bongole is a very experienced player, the most experienced at the moment with Tabula out with an injury. He has played really well so far this season, especially in the last games of the first round. His experience is what we need from him on Saturday and I think he will just do that,” Coach Kajoba said after pre-match training.

Both teams are tied on 27 points only separated by URA’s superior goal difference. A victory for any of the two, will propel the winner to third or even second place depending on Vipers result. However URA’s deputy coach Sadiq Waswa strongly asserts that “The team has no room for error with the trophy on sight.”

“We are not ready to lose this one, anything rather than an outright win is unacceptable. Our targets are set and dropping points is not among them.”

Other match day 18 fixtures;
Friday, 4th March 2016:
Police F.C 1-0 SC VU – Kavumba RG

Saturday, 4th March Maroons F.C Vs Lweza F.C –Luzira

Bright Stars F.C Vs URA F.C –CS, Matugga

KCCA F.C Vs BUL F.C – Nakivubo

JMC Hippos F.C Vs SC Villa – Kakindu

The Saints F.C Vs Soana F.C – Namboole

Simba F.C Vs Express F.C – Bombo

Vipers S.C Vs Sadolin Paints F.C – Buikwe
Soana FC coach Charles Ayiekoh has suggested that only bad decisions by match day referees can prevent his team from defeating relegation threatened The Saints FC in their Uganda Premier League clash on Saturday at Namboole stadium.

“The referees decide what team wins. Sometimes they look at the table and give away a game. I hope the one who will run our game (vs Saints) is going to be neutral and effective to the dot, malady ” coach Ayiekoh said during a pre-match press conference.

The Kavumba based side lost influential attacking midfielder Stephen Bengo to Kenyan second tier side Nakumatt fc but Ayiekoh trusts the squad depth will cover the gap.

“We miss Bengo and of course any other coach would have loved to keep him around but as you know football is business and sometimes the team has to give a player chance to exploit his chances. That said we haven’t lost a match since he left, doctor Kamada ‘Ndieffi and Willy Kavuma are also experienced and can guide the team, ” He further added.

Soana team captain Hamis Kitagenda spiced up the build up warning Saints that,” The game is a revenge mission, they just have to give us the point which they took from us in the first round. Its just that clear!”

Newly appointed Saints deputy coach Moses Oloya quashed Ayiekho’s remarks (about poor officiation) arguing that,” Its absurd to even think that Saints can be favored by the refs; then why are we fighting relegation! That shows they are scared already. We are professionals and always work towards our goals independently. The team is now gaining form and of course that shakes our opponents.”

Saints are likely to have full squad on Saturday while Soana will miss Timothy Musinguzi, Muwadda Mawejje and Kagimu Rahmat due to respective injuries while Ayub Kizza is suspended for accumulating three yellow cards.

This will be the second competitive match between the two sides, the first ended in a barren draw.

Soana are 8th with 25 points after 17 games while Saints are 15th after accumulating only 13 points with a game less.


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