Jinja Municipal Council FC host The Saints Monday evening in a clash whose result repercussions could be eclipsed by the painful memories for the near misses to last season’s Uganda Premier League qualification both finishing fourth.
The sides meet at a stubborn in-form JMC’s Kakindu stadium for the first time since they both failed to make the playoffs in the 2013-14 FUFA Big League season over inappropriate dockings that altered their respective conferences. The two teams have never met in any competition despite both sides playing in Uganda’s second tier league. The Saints were in Rwenzori group last season while JMC were in the Elgon group.
Faced with the prospect of violent clashes from the euphuistic Busoga football fans at Kakindu as has been in the top tier league, Jinja police have tightened security owing to the high intensive of this newfound rival with Kampala based clubs. Both teams are unbeaten and the winner will definitely keep grip of the table standings in the group.
JMC host a Saints side still smarting from their failure to earn promotion for four years and have plenty of experience in the league. The Saints have won four games out of four scoring scored eleven goals three more than JMC but have both conceded one goal.
The Saints’ Alex Kitata is enjoying the form of his life netting in each of his side’s season games and top-scoring in the Rwenzori group.
Kitata says: “We can beat JMC and keep top of our group. Now, we have to focus on today’s game and getting a win away from home.”
“We have a philosophy of a game at a time which has helped us stay focused. However this tie is very crucial and we have to give in all our efforts like champions,” Saints captain Geoffrey Bwire compliments him.
New signing Jordan Tamale is another player to watch today coming off the bench three times and scoring twice for Mark Twinamatsiko’s side. He is very fast on the ball and possesses a powerful shot in both legs.
Unfortunately, midfielders Kamada Ssebagala, Sam Matovu and Chris Mayombwe have not travelled for the game after they suffered injuries in the midweek but will be available for the cub’s subsequent games.
Meanwhile, Hope Doves host James Odoch coached Baza Holdings F.C in the other Rwenzori group fixture with high hopes the latter may stage a weakened squad as the majority of the latter’s senior players are in a silent sit down strike over non payments.
In the only Elgon group game available, Kasese New Villa plays hosts to Busia United in Fort Portal. The other round of games will be played on Thursday, 6th November 2014.
Weekend Big league results
Maroons FC 1-0 Synergy FC
Masaka 1-0 Wandegeya
Ngora Fredda Carr 0-0 Hope Doves
Namasagali 0-2 JMC
Ndejje 1-0 CRO
Kumi UTD 0-1 Sporting UTD