Striker Cromwell Rwothomio’s important remark as he briefly stated how his club URA FC may get the best of Al Masry at least in the first leg was ‘We need to press.’On Saturday, the tax collectors host the Egyptians in the first leg of their CAF Confederation Cup first round qualifier at St. Mary’s Stadium in Kitende.
The game is set to begin at 4:00 p.m., and it will be televised live on Sanyuka TV, but you can also watch it on the Afro Mobile App.
Rwothomio and URA eliminated Ethiopia Coffee 5-2 on aggregate to reach this level, although the nature of their first-leg performance left a lot to be desired.
While the Ethiopians did not offer a significant threat, URA effectively handed them the opportunity to gain a footing in the game, as they breezed through URA’s lines and half-hearted press like a hot knife through butter.
Given that this was URA’s first continental game in almost seven years, they can be forgiven for allowing their opponents as much leeway as possible. However, they must be more aggressive against Egypt, which is a persistent campaigner on the continent.
And if the Tax Collectors are to seize a key advantage from the first leg, the word from their star forward must be heard throughout the team.
“We’ve never played against Al-Masry before, but if we want to win, we have to press them so hard from the start,” Rwothomio told the club’s media.
“Before we travel to Egypt for the second leg, we have to kill the game from here.” I scored against Ethiopian Coffee in my previous game, and perhaps I can do it again on Saturday.”
“A team needs score goals to win games, and it is my obligation as a striker to win games for the club,” Rwothomio added.
Al Masry arrived in Kampala on Wednesday morning and has already had a handful of training sessions to acclimate to the Ugandan milieu.
The Egyptians will be led by strikers Muhammad Balah and Amry Maleh, who were eliminated by another Ugandan team, KCCA FC, in 2018.
Their previous trip to the Pearl of Africa ended in a 1-0 loss to the Kasasiro Boys, and while they were able to salvage the tie with a 1-0 win in the second leg, KCCA advanced after prevailing 4-3 on penalties.
Sam Timbe’s side have welcomed back Steven Mukwala, Shafik Kagimu, Najib Fesali, and Rwothomio from duties with the Cranes with no further injury concerns.
Mukwala played in both qualifiers against Rwanda, with Kagimu and Rwothomio also seeing action. Only Fesali did not play, but his first experience with the national team will undoubtedly help him develop and gain confidence.
Alionzi Nafian (GK), Ashraf Mandela, Derrick Ndahiro, Huud Mulikyi, Paul Mbowa, Saidi Kyeyune, Shafik Kagimu (C), Ivan Sserubiri, Steven Mukwala, Vianney Ssekajugo, Cromwell Rwothomio, Shafik Kagimu (C), Ivan Sserubiri