Epic Battle at Namboole as URA Battles Sudans El-Merreick
Sam Mubiru needs to tackle more.

Epic Battle at Namboole as URA Battles Sudans El-Merreick


A Saturday must see.

By Ramathan Kasozi
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First published: March 18, 2006


The talking is over. Displaying what everyone has in store is next as all roads on Saturday afternoon lead to Namboole ultra mordern sports complex for a make or break tie pitting Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) against Sudan's Elmerreick in the 1st leg of the 2nd round of the African Confederations Cup.


Both the two tacticians, URA's Deo Sserwadda and Muhammad Al-Musa Omar of El-Merreick are spitting fire ahead of the titanic clash. Sserwadda is optimistic that nothing can emcee him from taking the day. "I don't have any serious injuries, my boys are in the right shape and can't even wait for the kick off. I just appeal to the fans to attend and witness,'' said Sserwadda.

However his counterpart does not seem to be bothered as he says the Ugandan will swallow his words after the 90 minutes. "We are a bigger experienced club, mind you we are not here on tour but on a mission. The 90 minutes will do the talking,'' said Omar.

Both sides tuned up for the match with convincing victories. URA, mid this week weighed up by beating Maji FC 2-1 in the National Super League while the Sudanese hammered Ugandan champions Police FC 3-0 in a friendly match, a week before connecting to Kampala.

The Sudanese outfit last appeared on the Namboole turf in 2002 when they held Uganda's pride club SCVilla to a 2-all draw in the African Champions League, a day when Micho Sredovich was making his maiden appearance on the Villa bench as head coach.

The Ugandan sole survivors should have leant a lesson from Police's early exit from the Champions League by another Sudanese giant Al Hilal, by utilizing the home advantage (read related article: URA Hopeful, Police Need More Hand Cuffs…). The Cops were held to a goalless draw in Kampala before being taken to school in Omurduman by 3-0.

Sserwadda is aware of Uganda's poor away record and the only solution is to secure a good cushion win Saturday afternoon. "We have to leave no stones unturned, I have instructed my boys to attack the opponent from the word go to the final whistle," he revealed yesterday at the team's camp at Bukalasa.

However going by the current trend, he needs to go to his knees and pray that his troops rediscover scoring boots this afternoon. They tend to miss clear chance by chances.

Against Kenyan World Hope FC, the Tax collectors had infinite chances but only utilized one, moreover in the dying minutes of the game. The games against KCC FC and Maji in the local league were not so different.

The striking duo of Veterans Kiwanuka Tirika and Fred Okello are the key culprits. But this time, Sserwadda is optimistic they will leave to expectation and break the vistor's non-porous defence, spear headed by experienced international Nasif Ahmed.

On form young custodian, Mulindwa Muwonge, has shaken off the injury but in a game of this magnitude, experienced Ibrahim Mugisha is likely to be assigned the responsibility.

Sam Mubiru needs to tackle more.
Sam Mubiru needs to tackle more.

Ever green Phillip Obwiny, Sam Mubiru, David Kazibwe and Richard Malinga, completes the four-man defence with a task of keeping a close eye on El-Merrieck's dangerous sniper, Faysal Al Rajab.

However the key battle to watch is expected from the mid of the pack, where Rasta man, Noah Kasule Babadi, entertaining youngster, Manco Kaweesa, Ronald Ssesanga and Kamoga come face to face with Sudanese silky free passing diamond mid-field.

The match is to be handled by Eritrean Officials assisted by Nelson Mubanda as the fourth official.

If you can't be there physically, be there spiritually!

By Ramathan Kasozi
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First published: March 18, 2006
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Ramathan Kasozi is a member of Ultimate Media Consult (U) Ltd. . A graduate Journalist, Kasozi has more than 5 years experience reporting on sports in Uganda for different print and broadcast media houses.