With the fixtures growing lesser by the day, The Uganda Premier League returns this Tuesday, with ten teams in action.
Defending Champions and leaders KCCA FC will be looking to stretch their lead at the top of the table to five points when they visit already relegated JMC Hippos.
With fifty-one points in twenty-five games, two games less, with two points more than second placed SC Villa, the Lugogo side will be hoping their spirited fight to eliminate Police from the Uganda Cup on Sunday plays to their tune.
Often criticized for poor display away from home, the Kasasiro Boys’ 1-0 win away at Express last week should provide the springboard for a positive result in Jinja.
The Defending Champions are already facing a ‘player-fixture’ management issue after playing four games in a span of nine days, which has seen many players’ bodies drained beyond ‘their’ level. Muzamir Mutyaba, Paul Musamali and Brian Majwega all out with injuries.
Watch: Mike Mutebi confirms players injuries during a Club press conference Today, Monday.
More trouble is set to befall the leaders as they will most definitely have their Uganda Cup Semi-final fixture against postponed from the dates between the twelfth and fourteenth due to a clash of schedule with the CAF confederations Cup.
Player rotation has already started trickling down Coach, Mike Mutebi’s mind as he confirms a number of players will be rested against the Jinja side.
With Allan Okello out to concentrate on school and Benjamin Ochan on suspension, Daglous Kisembo and Third Vice-Captain Charles Lukwago could have a node in between the sticks.
This is the test that they will have to beat if they are to become regulars in continental football.
Elsewhere, Proline will be hoping to make the most of home advantage when they host BUL FC at the Phillip Omondi Stadium.
Currently Eighth with thirty-one points, Proline are aware that only a win will help them go a further distance from the sights of relegation.
Jointly the most drawing team with URA FC (fourteen), the Lugogo side will have worries to shake off if they are to get all three. They will be without Ronnie Kisseka and Mustafa Mujizi through suspension as Joshua Okiror remains sidelined with an injury he sustained during training on Saturday.
However, not all hope is lost as the return of Makoba and Simon Namwanja could save the day despite forcing a change in the team setup.
Full list of fixtures
JMC Hippos v KCCA FC
Proline v BUL FC
URA FC v Kirinnya Jinja SS
Lweza v Express FC
Bright Stars v Vipers