Straight from a sweet 2-1 victory over Mbarara City, the team will host another side from the West -Nyamityobora FC- on Saturday at the Mighty Arena.
K-Jinja SSS had lost the first leg 3-0 in Mbarara but were more than determined to reap something out of the game – and they did it in fashion with two early strikes from Joel Madondo and captain George Kasonko.
Debutant, Sanon Mugabi, was in goal and his heroics in the win earned him praises in superlatives and a Pilsner Man of the match recognition.
The keeper, if selected, and the whole team will need to replicate a similar urgency and performance on Saturday if we are to pick something special from the struggling side that recently signed our former coach Alex Isabirye to save their ship from sinking.
The team won the first round reverse fixture 1-0 through a Brian Mandela goal.
Kirinya Jinja SSS FC is currently tenth on the league log with 27 points, more than double their match day 22 rivals.
A win on Saturday could see the team close in the top five slots which is the main objective set this season.
There are no injury worries for coach Abbey Kikomeko apart from the leading striker, Joel Madondo, who is on suspension for accumulating three yellow cards.
Goalkeeper Emmanuel Rubangakene and Julius Debbo were summoned to the South Sudan Under-23 squad preparing for AFCON qualifiers and thus will not feature.
That leaves Atino Opooka and Sanon Mugabi in contention for a place in between the sticks as third alternative, Delton Oyo, is out for international duty with the Uganda Cubs.
● Striker Faisal Muwawu has returned to the team after attending a month-long trials in Asia.
● Alex Isabirye, now at Nyamityobora, was our first coach in the Uganda Premier League.
● Isabirye took over from Abbey Kikomeko who promoted the team to the top-tier. Abbey resumed top duty after Isabirye’s departure.
● Kirinya won the first round courtesy of a Brian Mandela strike at Wankulukuku.
● Nyamityobora eliminated Kirinya from the inaugural Super 8 cup in the first step.
● Yusuf Abatoo and Douglas Muganga joined from Nyamityobora.