UPDF V ARUA HILL: Team News
UPDF V ARUA HILL: Team News
Hussein Mbalangu has said the fixture against UPDF at Bombo Military Ground is fresh clash.
Arua Hill SC visit UPDF on Sunday for the 2nd leg of Stanbic Uganda Cup round of 32, with 3-2 first leg advantage.
“Forget the 1st leg because this game is fresh and new,” Mbalangu said.
“It’s another game because any result can change anything, that’s why we’re handling it like a new game,
“We’ll come away and in away pitch, which means it’s a fresh game,” he continued as he gave his opinion on absence of first team regulars Dan Birikwalira and Aggrey Kiirya.
The two fullbacks for the first time missed traveling with the 22-man playing squad on Monday after both incurred injuries, with Dan limping off during league game against Maroons due to hamstring whereas Kiirya getting a knock during training in Arua a few days ago.
“We’re missing Dan, Oscar Agaba and Kiirya but this team is a collection of stars,
“We have good players and the depth, so if somebody is having injury, or problem, we have a very good replacement,
“Remember in the 1st leg, almost six players were not in the starting XI but we tried winning,
“Yes, we’re missing them as a family because you know out of 100 children you might have, once one goes missing you feel bad,
“But that doesn’t stop us from playing or winning, we are waiting for them to return when they are okay and be good additions to the team like Matovu who was absent in the beginning of the season and now he is back and played our last fixture and will play tomorrow,” he revealed.
Rashid Kawawa, Mike Kawooya and Alfred Leku were the chief architects of the first leg win as they contributed to the victory with goals.
Arua Hill netted twice in the first half and lost the lead before regaining when Leku poked home off Paddy Muhumuza’s outstep sweep, and Mbalangu was asked at his pre-match talk by the club media if he is considering using them all against UPDF.
“It depends because we rested some players,” replied the boss.
“Baden, Agau and Okhuti and others didn’t play not because they’re not good but we wanted them to rest so they could comeback refreshed,
“If They (Baden, Agua and Okhuti) don’t perform well, it means those who performed well in the first leg will have the chance but from my observation in the last training today, they’re doing well.” Mbalangu continued.
Striker Banza Ajobe Lefeni and experienced defender Sabir Simba are the latest additions that travelled with the team, Mbalangu has said they both have a chance to play.
Arua Hill conceded two goals at Barifa Play Grounds, gifting UPDF with away goals despite winning. The Leopards will need to protect their back as they will need to add more goals for safety purposes, which Mbalangu has promised to do.
Although a goalless draw will open the door for Arua Hill to march to the next round, any win for us will equally usher the team to the round of 16.