Kampala — For KCCA manager Mike Mutebi and Police coach Abdallah Mubiru, this afternoon’s StarTimes Uganda Premier League tie is going to be one personal encounter.
For the umpteenth time, Mubiru will stand a couple of yards from his mentor on the touchline at the StarTimes stadium-Lugogo, they all call home, with hope of springing a surprise. League leaders KCCA remain odds-on favourites but Mutebi has cautioned his charges not to take the Cops lightly having overcome a poor league start to storm the sixth position on the table.
“It is going to be a hard one but very interesting. We shall try to remedy the conceding pattern caused by carelessness of our players,” Mutebi told Daily Monitor yesterday.
He expects an end to end affair since his protégé Mubiru is also an attack-minded tactician.
“I will have no problem with the game ending 4-3 in favour of KCCA. “We have arguably the best midfielders in the country and we are enjoying a jostling for midfield slots by eight players,” he added.
Mutebi revealed the match kick starts their Caf Confederations Cup preparations against Congo Brazzaville side Otoho on January 12.
The 12-league champions are still without injured midfielders Saddam Juma and Nicholas Kasozi but welcome back defenders Peter Magambo and Bernard Muwanga.
Police beat Jinja SS 3-2 in their last game and it is the conceding pattern that worries Mubiru.
“We have a strategy to tame their attacking potent but conceding many goals has been our main weakness. We may not fix it fully now but with Paul will back we will look better.” The 2005 winners have scored 19 goals and conceded 18 in 13 matches.
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Publish date : 2019-01-04 08:30:25