Azam FC (Tanzania) v Yanga (Tanzania)
KCC FC (Uganda) v Al Shandy (Sudan)
KCC FC will have to approach their CECAFA Kagame Cup quarterfinal encounter against minnows Al Shandy with caution.
This year’s tournament has already served up shocking results, with the latest seeing another Sudan’s side, Khartoum FC 4-0 demolition of Rwanda’s APR on Tuesday.
With the Uganda representatives struggling for goals in the tournament, the 1978 champions (KCC) will take on another Sudan side at National stadium, Dar es Salaam with vigilance.
The Ugandan outfit lost 1-0 to Azam in their opener before 1-nil wins over Adama City and Malakia to finish second behind Azam who collected maximum points scoring eight goals and conceding none in the process.
The Sudanese lost 1-0 to APR on day one before drawing 2-2 with LLB from Burundi but won their penultimate group fixture 3-2 against Somalia’s Heegan.
What will be worrying for the Ugandan side is the lack of goals. Of all teams in the last eight, only KCC FC and Malakia have scored fewer goals (2) and they are without lead striker Derrick Nsibambi for the game.
Good news though is the return of creative midfielder Muzamiru Mutyaba from the sickbay. The ex-Maroons and SC Victoria University missed the last group game through injury and his return gives coaches Mike Mutebi and Sam Ssimbwa options.
Emmanuel Opio is expected to maintain his slot in goal after taking over from Benjamin Ochan with Denis Okot, Hassan Wasswa, Timothy Awany and Joseph Ochaya completing the back four.
In the middle, Hakim Senkumba and Ivan Ntege are all expected to start with Tom Masiko and Muzamiru Mutyaba completing the quartet in a diamond while Shaban Kondo and Isaac Sserunkuma will lead the hunt for goals.
Defender Martin Mpuuga, midfielder Micheal Burungi (suspension) and striker Derrick Nsibambi (knee injury) have been ruled out of today’s quarterfinal tie.