After the opening five games of the 2017-18 Uganda Premier League, newly promoted Masavu Football Club has managed one win as they linger bottom of the 16 team log.
Their coach Alex Mulibanga Gitta insists it is still too early to pass judgement.
The league is like a marathon. We have to play 30 games in the season and we have just played 5.
There are always slow starters and quick ones.
In a marathon, you find hills and valleys. I believe we shall play quick catch up.
Since winning away to Proline at Lugogo, Masavu has suffered successive losses to Soana (1-0), Vipers (2-0) and lately against Kirinya-Jinja S.S (1-0).
Gitta, who missed the services of his colleague Joseph Mutyaba on the technical bench (serving suspension due to indiscipline), has promised to make quick amends to the team.
There is urgent need for change in playing style and commitment.
Against Kirinya Jinja S.S, we had a good game where we were able to create so many goal scoring opportunities but unfortunately failed to convert any of them.
Among the key concerns for Masavu, who host their home games at the Fisheries Training Institute play ground in Bugonga are the defensive.
In 5 matches, they have conceded 6 goals, managing to score once (Abraham Ndugwa’s winner against Proline).
Four Masavu players missed the match the game against Kirinya-Jinja because of different ailments.
Midfielder Onesmas Andama, defender Lawrence Bakilanze, striker Peter Lumoro and Ddumba Sadala were not fielded.
With Bakilanze out injured, the team started with former SC Villa and Lweza defender Sulaiman Ochero and Ibrahim Pengere at the central defense.
Another solid center half, Brian Nsubuga is yet to play any game (physically) and he is looked at a capable fill in.
Gitta calls for urgent change in heart for many of his players.
We conceded a childish goal against Kirinya-Jinja S.S.
We need mature and solid quick decision making at the right timing.
Masavu’s next match shall be away to Moses Basena’s UPDF at the intimidating Bombo Army Barracks stadium on 20th October 2017.
On Tuesday, 24th October, they will return home against Maroons at Bugonga before visiting the champions KCCA at the Star Times stadium, Lugogo on 4th November.
For all these games, Mutyaba will still be serving his ban from the technical bench and the dressing room.