Hussein Mbalangu: We’ll try to put a good game in Uganda Cup

Hussein Mbalangu: We’ll try to put a good game in Uganda Cup

Coach Mbalangu has said Arua Hill SC will try to put a good game in the UPDF faceoff despite the distraction the competition could cause the team.

The Leopards welcome Kefa Kisala’s boys at the Barifa Play Ground in Uganda Cup round of 32 on Wednesday afternoon.

If any encouragement were needed, win for Arua Hill SC over the two legs in the cup will mean we’ll progress to the last 16 in the competition that has never brought us face to face with UPDF.

“Sometimes it is a distraction from the main objective but it is also one of the competitions we are supposed to play because it is unsporting to boycott,” Mbalangu told the club media before adding the team will nonetheless put up a good game at Barifa tomorrow,

“Although we just came back from Easter holiday yesterday and started training, we’re ready and we’re going to put a very good game,

“We must win it because we are at home and we want to keep the winning mentality and make our Barifa Play Ground a slaughtering place so any team which comes here or we face is a final.” He continued.

The squad has received a boost amidst fresh injury case after Dan Birikwalira suffered hamstring injury from our last game, with Patrick Matovu passing late fitness test.

Striker Dido Banza Ajobe’s license has also been produced which makes him available for selection but the game has come too early for defender Sabir Simba whose fitness levels isn’t up to standard, the coach confirmed to the media as he revealed Aggrey Kiirya who got a knock in today’s training will need a doctor’s recommendation before he could be considered for the game.

Meanwhile midfielder Oscar Agaba will remain out until he finishes the recommended eight weeks period of healing and recovery.

The coach also agreed the Uganda Cup is a good platform for the unused players to showcase themselves as the commonly used players’ rest.

“We are expecting some changes because we want to rest some players who have been playing. There are some players who have been playing all the three games, 270 minutes so we need to give them a break, to reserve them so that the body can recover properly,” Mbalangu said.

“Even we want to give some players who have not been getting enough time to play to test themselves in the Uganda Cup and they’ll start with this game,

“There are some people who are injured and good thing now they’re back, like Matovu who came back last week but his fitness was not okay, that’s why even in the last game, he travelled with the team but he wasn’t in the 18-man squad so now I think he is okay and tomorrow he will play.” Mbalangu confirmed.

Mbalangu finally expressed his assurance lies in the fact he has known our opponents whose last fixture ended in defeat to Vipers SC and having played against them while at Ssaza Kyagwe.

“I watched their game against Vipers where they lost three nil.  I played them when I was in Ssaza Kyagwe, I know the players, their strengths, their weak points. So, we shall try to utilize their weak points so that we can get goals and try to defend their strongest points so that they don’t harm us. They are not any different, we are equally good, we are good team very ready and training very well.” He concluded.