UPL clubs set for test matches at Nakivubo stadium inauguration

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GRAND OPENING OF NAKIVUBO STADIUM

JUNE 1 TEST GAMES

URA FC vs. Kitara FC 4 p.m.
SC Villa – Express FC 7:00 p.m.

The captains of the four teams that will take part in the two test matches when the Hamz Nakivubo War Memorial Stadium reopens to the public this Saturday (June 1) have urged fans to come and enjoy a wonderful display of talent from the four teams. .

SC Villa will renew their rivalry against old enemies Express FC in what would be their third meeting this season.

Villa won all their league matches 2-1 and 1-0 respectively, results that Express are looking to reverse in Saturday’s match.

“It looks like a friendly match, but it never is when you play against SC Villa,” team captain Ramsy Kawooya told the media in Nakivubo on Monday.

“We lost twice against them, but this is the time to redeem ourselves as Express FC.”

From left to right: Kitara FC Dennis Omedi, Saidi Kyeyune of URA, Madiina Zalwango, event director, Ramsy Kawooya of Express FC and Braddy Jeans Wokorach and Ham Enterprises Hakim Kasirye of SC Villa pose after a press conference in Nakivubo before Test matches on June 1 and May 27.  2024. Photo by Michael Nsubuga

From left to right: Kitara FC Dennis Omedi, Saidi Kyeyune of URA, Madiina Zalwango, event director, Ramsy Kawooya of Express FC and Braddy Jeans Wokorach and Ham Enterprises Hakim Kasirye of SC Villa pose after a press conference in Nakivubo before Test matches on June 1 and May 27. 2024. Photo by Michael Nsubuga

‘Expect fireworks’

Kawooya urged fans to “come in large numbers because it is Express FC, the crowd-puller, in action.”

“I am also happy with a facility like this, which is good for us as players. Every player’s dream is to play in a facility like this because it helps us bring out the best in us.”

“We are training hard for the match, so expect fireworks. For us, it is not about money but about legacy, and the best team will win,” Kawooya said.

At the rival camp, SC Villa stand-in captain Braddy Jeans Wokorach also thanked businessman Hamis Kiggundu, better known as Ham, for remodeling the Nakivubo stadium.

He said the new facility will provide a good atmosphere because the stands are closer to the field.

From left to right: Kitara FC Dennis Omedi, coach Brian Ssenyondo, Alex Isabirye, event director Madiina Zalwango, Express FC's Ramsy Kawooya and SC Villa's Braddy Jeans Wokorach, URA's Saidi Kyeyune, Morley Byekwaso, Baker Mbowa and Ham Enterprises pose after a press conference in Nakivubo.  of the Test Matches on June 1.  Photo by Michael Nsubuga

From left to right: Kitara FC Dennis Omedi, coach Brian Ssenyondo, Alex Isabirye, event director Madiina Zalwango, Express FC’s Ramsy Kawooya and SC Villa’s Braddy Jeans Wokorach, URA’s Saidi Kyeyune, Morley Byekwaso, Baker Mbowa and Ham Enterprises pose after a press conference in Nakivubo. of the Test Matches on June 1. Photo by Michael Nsubuga

“Let’s get serious”

“We will rest some players, but we are not worried because we have a good squad, good quality players and we always expect the best from everyone at the club,” Wokorach said before Saturday’s game.

“Express are looking for redemption but our fans would like to see us complete a ‘treble’ over Express FC and we will continue as usual.

“Above all, we have great memories in this stadium. Our fans and players are aware of this, so massive football from the team should be expected. Jogoos. “We come here to compete and we will show no mercy towards our rivals and you know what happens when the two sides meet.”

In the other match, URA FC captain Saidi Kyeyune said that they will come to play a normal match which they hope to win and enjoy the prize money.

“But we will try to impress our fans with a good game.”

A cross section of the Nakivubo stadium is found.  Photo by Michael Nsubuga

A cross section of the Nakivubo stadium is found. Photo by Michael Nsubuga

‘Happiness’

Kitara FC top scorer and captain Dennis Omedi thanked God for allowing them to stay fit and alive. He also thanked the stadium promoter for the good facilities.

“It’s just a joy to step on that field. It looks beautiful and brings out all the energy in you. On Saturday, the only thing we promise is to put on a great show by winning this match. I have never lost against URA and I will not let that happen,” Omedi promised.

“We are all fit after the Stanbic Cup victory in Uganda and we are all ready for the match. I only urge our fans to come in large numbers so that we can subdue our opponent’s fans. Our fan base is one of the best and I don’t think they control us.

“I know it’s going to be one of the most difficult games, but we are going to fight very hard so that the fans who come to this game can enjoy themselves and come back happy.”

TRAINS’ TAKE

Álex Isabirye (URA FC):

I’m happy to be here and I think football is going in the right direction with these facilities in the city centre. We will do everything we can to make sure we get back to where we belong (top four). We are working hard to put on a beautiful display on Saturday and win, and I’m sure people will enjoy it.

Brian Ssenyondo (Kitara FC):

We are excited to be one of the teams participating in the inauguration of Nakivubo. It’s wonderful and beautiful and a job well done, thanks to Ham. I think this will be an encouragement to all interested parties who can build such a facility because it makes the game beautiful. The game will improve with such ease. It’s exciting to look at. I welcome Isabirye to the bench again and I anticipate a difficult game against him and I want to show him that I arrived too.

Morley Byekwaso (SC Villa):

Firstly, I thank Ham for these great looking facilities. Its structure is very good and everything inside is well organized, so I think that when Saturday comes, all the fans will enjoy it. We face one of our rivals but we have many games ahead of us, so we will field our players with caution because rest is part of football. But we will play well and we don’t want to lose like we did against KCCA FC in Namboole. The available players will ‘die’ a little for the team.

Mbowa Baker (Express FC):

We are looking forward to this match because it is one of the matches that will determine what type of team we are going to field next season. It is an honor to face opponents like this with proven coaches like Byekwaso, but we are also a great team despite performing below average, but we will improve. We don’t think about past performances, but we are focused on Saturday’s game.