5th May 2017 Azam Uganda Premier League
5th placed Express FC makes a long trip to the West Nile to take on Onduparaka without 4 of their regular players. Captain Saddam Juma, Goalkeeper Emmanuel Opio, Left back Yayo Lutimba and dancing winger Simon Serunkuma didn’t travel with the contingent that left Kampala on Wednesday night.
The trip to Arua comes few days after Express’ shocking 4-2 loss to relegation threatened Lweza FC . Coach Mattia Lule believes his team will bounce back from the defeat and will be able to do the needful against the Caterpillars.
Onduparaka comes in today’s tie after losing 2-1 to Soana in Kavumba last Saturday and have won only thrice since the second round kicked off and lie 7th with 38 points. However a win can help them leapfrog Express who have collected 40 points so far this season.
The tie was the first match of Livingston Mbabazi as Onduparaka coach way back in September last year and the two sides played a 1-1 draw with striker John Semazzi and towering defender Rashid Toha scoring for either teams.
Express deputy custodian Fahad Katongole is expected to feature in between the sticks after having his debut in a 3-0 loss to Bul fc in Jinja 3 months ago.
Onduparaka forward Ceaser Okhuti will be facing his former pay masters whom he played for between August 2015 to December 2015 scoring 8 goals before joining Kcca.
Onduparaka are unbeaten at home since 2013 and have 6 wins and 7 draws at home while Express have won 6 games away from home, drawing 3 and losing 4.
The Betway Greenlight Stadium itself has been a poor hunting ground for the big boys in the league. Kcca, SC Villa and Vipers left empty handed while URA salvaged a point in the last minute of the game. Will the Red Eagles break the Caterpillars’ home unbeaten run?
Probable line ups
Richard Anyama, Adriko Gasper, Saddam Norman, Rashid Toha, Akram Kakembo, Ivan Mboowa, Ibrahim Faizul, Gaddafi Wahab, Kabon Living, Ceaser Okhuti, Shaban Muhammad
Fahad Katongole, Musa Mukasa, Remy Makumbi, Faroque Matovu, Tekwo Derrick, Allan Kyambadde, Kakooza Mahad, Jjingo Sulaiman, Semujju Joseph, Noah Semakula
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