KAMPALA. Many clubs have been critical of the delayed start to this season’s Uganda Premier League owing to the financial burden placed on them.
The delay could however have a positive effect for others whose preparation has been wanting. Nyamityobora for instance unveiled Antonio Flores as technical director a fortnight ago.
The former SC Villa was tasked with shaping the team’s philosophy together with head coach James Odoch, Juma Ssekiziyivu and Richard Kansole.
The Phillip Omondi Invitational tournament could therefore not have come at a better time for the newly promoted club as they intensify preparations for the league start tentatively set for September 28.
Like most upcountry clubs, it has been difficult for them to gauge themselves against worthy opponents.’
There was a 4-0 thumping by KCCA in the Super 8 tournament before they edged visiting Vipers 1-0 at Kakyeka.
“We went back and looked at where we went wrong in the previous game and you might not see us repeating those mistakes. We are ready,” Ssekiziyivu said in the pre-match meeting on Thursday morning.
One of the most obvious changes is the dropping of the team’s most experience goalkeeper Franco Oringa who put in a horror show on their last appearance at the Star Times Stadium.
Ivan Mbowa, Patrick Gonahasa and Moses Ndawula are some of the players who did not travel with the team. They meanwhile play a KCCA side with one of the deepest squads in the domestic game and whose team often plays no less than three friendlies a week.
“We approach all games the same way. We do treat any game as a friendly,” Mutebi emphasized on Thursday.
Last Friday a Mike Mutyaba penalty helped KCCA to a 1-0 win over Onduparaka while on Wednesday they defeated Mbarara 3-1 with he Patrick Kaddu and Allan Okello combining to devastating effect.
KCCA were also held to a goalless draw by Bul in a game played on Thursday evening.