The Saints head coach Mark Twinamatsiko feels that extracting excuses over his team’s two successive draws would be “futile” at this current stage of the season, claiming “we are in this together”.
The Saints FC push for FUFA Super League promotion suffered a setback in recent weeks when they fell to back-to-back draws to Lweza FC and Artland Katale.
They visit leaders Baza Holdings at Villa Park on Saturday 19 April 18, 2014 kickoff 4.30pm.
Maximum points against Frank Video Anyau’s highflying table leaders could send The Saints straight back to third place and keep hold of a playoffs spot.
As a result of the results, Twinamatsiko’s men have slipped to fourth on the Rwenzori group standings, one point short of Mutundwe Lions with three games to go, and he feels that it would be weak of the team to shun the blame.
“I think it is easy to start making excuses. My boys have really played to their best this second round. At this moment there is no excuse in the air and we don’t want them. We will have a debrief of the season at the end,” says the professional teacher.
“The Lweza and Artland games could have been two victories but we let ourselves down in certain areas. It is just two draws and to attach blame is just futile. We are very much in this as a team and we take the good and the bad as it comes. If there is glory we share the glory especially when we beat Baza at Villa Park.
Twinamatsiko insists attention now is on beating the next opponent.
“For now and the past few days has been planning on how we beat Baza. I watched their game on Thursday and really thing we can surprise them on Saturday.
On Thursday evening Joseph Kyemba saved Bazas’ blushes, when he scored a last-minute gasp winner in a 2-1 win over Wandegeya at Villa Park.
Erick Kabanda gave Wandegeya a 15-minute lead before Francis Ayikowa equalised after a goalmouth melee.
Baza, who completed a double over Wandegeya remain top of the Rwenzori Group on 38 points, one above Lweza.
The other game in the group ended in a dour 0-0 draw between Artland and Mutundwe at Buziga. Mutundwe remained third on 28 points. Artland remained sixth on 21 points.
In the Elgon group, Jinja Municipal Council followed up their Uganda Cup triumph over Bul, with a 2-0 win away to Mbale Heroes.
Soroti Garage also settled for a goalles draw with Hope Doves in Soroti.