and Swalley Kenyi
Kinyara v Police
Ediofe v Nalubaale
KCC FC v Simba
SIMEON Masaba has challenged his teammates to reproduce the winning mentality today that has seen them unbeaten since the start of the season.
The 2005 league champions have kick-started what already seems a promising campaign with a series of exciting performances that have seen them win all four of their outings.
And with the gap becoming increasingly tight at the top, Police captain Masaba stressed ahead of todayâ€™s game in Kinyara: â€œWe want to continue winning. The spirit is high and you can sense that desire to win games in every player.â€
The Police right-back attributed Policeâ€™s recent amazing run to, not only the pre-season arrival of Alex Ndugga, but the teamâ€™s all-round attacking game that has seen even defenders on the score sheet. Masaba and central defender Siraj Sevvume have scored two each.
Police have averaged two goals per game since the start of the season.
Kinyara, who stunned league champions URA FC 1-0 in their opening fixture of the season, are yet to win a game since. They suffered a 1-0 defeat in their previous game against Simba.
Police moved to the top of the table with 12 points ahead of Victors and Maji who are second and third respectively, after a 3-1 win over Villa at Namboole stadium in a midweek fixture.
Villa recovered to win 2-1 away to Nalubaale in a highly billed match in Buikwe that further cast doubts on the debutantes hitherto promises of a formidable challenge as they lost their second match.
On Friday, FUFA banned Arua based Ediofe Hills striker Haruna Mawa for one-and-half years for boxing centre referee Liburd Masembe. The referee had sent off Mawa for a dangerous tackle.
Coach Sam Ssimbwa eased pressure on his job with Simbaâ€™s first win in four games â€” a 1-0 victory over Kinyara on Friday. Other highlights of the weekend saw the derby between Express versus KCC at Namboole produce a draw.
Despite prior protests by hosts Express to have the game played at Wankulukuku, GTV implored FUFA who shifted the match to the ultra modern Namboole stadium for what was to be a live telecast.
Kick-off of the giantsâ€™ match that was to be telecast live, had to be delayed by over half an hour as the GTV crew fidgeted with satellite links with London.
At the time, team coaches and their substitutes had already taken bench about ten minutes to the 4pm kick-off.
After a long wait for the GTV crewâ€™s signal for players to get onto the pitch, country manager Dan Kagwe disclosed that they had resolved to delay the kick off for technical reasons. The game was telecast later. Action contunues today.
In the other game today, Ediofe will be hoping that they can pull off a win against a Nalubaale side not so keen on travelling, and more importantly, coming off a draw and two defeats.
â€˜Cops will not relinquish top positionâ€™