Featured Image: Action in the reverse fixture at Wankulukuku. Courtesy photo
Friday, February 8
Mbarara City Vs Nyamityobora FC, 4:30 PM
The Ankole region will be at standstill when the two giants in the land go head to head in a StarTimes Uganda Premier League encounter at Kakyeka Stadium, Mbarara.
For long, the Western region is mostly known as the land of beauty, rolling hills, long horned cattle, Honey, Milk, and has recently been synonymous with the rich and political leaders.
With the emergency of Nyamityobora and Mbarara City FC in the topflight, the song has got another verse.
Sources have it that Nyamityobora were formed in 1907, and have been the football sheriffs of Western Football until the emergency of a new force – Mbarara City FC.
Mbarara City FC came into existence in 2010 as Citizens FC after the management of Citizens High School, in Mbarara, decided to have a formidable team to compete in the region.
In 2016, Citizens FC, then in Big league, changed to Mbarara City FC a move which was taken to create familiarity and acceptability among the people of Mbarara.
On 5th March 2017, Mbarara stormed top flight division after defeating Masaka’s Synergy in the Big league playoffs finals at Lugogo.
Much as Mbarara City FC are treated as outsiders by most locals in Mbarara town which is the heart of the region, they paid back by nicknaming themselves ‘The Ankole Lions’.
When FUFA gave Kakyeka Stadium the greenlight to host League games, some anonymous sources claimed that Mbarara City FC continued to prevent Nyamityobora from hosting games Kakyeka.
Head To Head
The first competitive meeting between the sides was in Big league and it ended goalless. Brian Ahebwa then scored four goals as Mbarara won 4-1 in the second round.
Unfortunately, the first Derby in top flight was played at Muteesa II Stadium in Wankulukuku – Outside the Ankole region as both sides failed to secure Kakyeka Stadium at the start of the season.
Hillary Mukundane gave Mbarara the lead but Charles Musiige and Joseph Akandwanaho scored one each as Nyamityobora (hosts) completed a comeback to win 2-1, and this was their first win in Uganda Premier League.
Nyamityobora was then under coach James Odoch who was recently replaced with Asaph Mwebaze.
In brief; Friday’s tie will be the fourth competitive meeting between the sides. Both have won once and a draw.
Mbarara City FC and Nyamityobora FC are situated at different ends of the table – Mbarara are third on the log with 28 points while Nyamityobora are third from the bottom with 12 points.
The Abanyakare will need maximum points to get out of the foot of the table, but avoiding defeat in what promises to be an intense affair will be a big positive.
Since the second round kicked off, Mwebaze’s charges have been a big force to reckon – The side produced a miraculous performamce to shock Police with a 4-1 beating. They put up a string performance despite falling 1-0 to defending champions Vipers 1-0 at Kakyeka.
Ibrahim Dada Juma (Nyamityobora) and Paul Mucureezi (Mbarara) will be the star attraction as the Western region witness an epic clash.