The Black Pirates will be more than happy with the return of their stars that were away on national duty. Squad depth is a very vital aspect to have but can only take a team so far – in do or die situations, teams need to have their strongest sides at their disposal.
Uganda cup 2018 has reached the semi final stage with things getting even more intense, the Pirates showed grit in grinding out victory in a quarterfinal which they played way below their own standards. The defending champions will be more than sure that a performance such as the one exhibited the previous weekend might not be forgiven by another team.
The Buffaloes have proved to everyone that despite the departure of many of their stars, the team has managed to get to the semi finals. Much as many pundits and fans had written the Buffaloes off, their resilience shows that they can shock any team given the opportunity. Last weekend’s victory over Rhinos was testament of how clinical the Kyadondo outfit can be and if the Pirates don’t clean up their act then its going to be another long Saturday that will go down to the wire
How Coach Bobby lines up his team will be interesting to view, the return of Isaac Massa, Haruna Muhammed and Timothy Kisiga will be exciting for them but how do they fit into a back line that sees veteran Dennis Etuket, Rugby Cranes centre and new recruit Eric Mula along with James Mugisha who had a solid game at outside centre. David Busingye didn’t really fill Ivan Magomu’s boots when he came on and it will be tricky to see who continues to cover fly half in case of tactical adjustments.
In the forwards, Ruhweza Alema Didi didn’t look to be in his element and was consequently subbed at half time; whether Joel Anguyo is available for selection will be another conundrum that coach Bobby will keep his fingers crossed about.
All in all, the Pirates will need to field their strongest possible side and not give Buffaloes a sniff at opportunities because unlike the Warriors last weekend, the Buffaloes actually can bite.