Sinan RAJUB SENOGA
The onus to recover from match day one defeat is upon Express and Bright Stars as the two sides face off on Tuesday at Wankulukuku.
The tie will be Express’ first home game of the season but it should be noted that Bright Stars also use the same pitch as their home ground.
Express lost their opener 1-0 to BUL at Njeru in a game that was marred by goalkeeper Tony Kyamera’s collision with Musa Esenu in the closing stages.
Like it was in Njeru, Joshua Adea will take up Kyamera’s slot since Mathias Muwanga is also injured.
George Ssimwogerere will also miss Idris Kaye (knee injury) and Shafik Avemah (toe injury).
The Express tactician will however rely on Frank Kalanda, Isaac Mweru Doka and Daniel Shabena in the offensive department.
Defender Martin Kizza will be facing his immediate former paymasters.
Bright Stars lost 3-1 to Vipers in their opening game of the campaign last week but also lost Farouk Katongole who was sent off in the final 10 minutes of the game.
The Mohammed Kisekka coached side will also miss Nelson Senkatuka who is destined for trials while Enock Walusimbi who scored against Vipers remains a doubt to feature.
Joseph Janjali is expected to make his Bright Stars debut after sitting out of the opener against his parent club.
Alfred Onek, Moses Okot and Jungu Methodius are other key players Bright Stars will look up to for inspiration.
The 14 meetings between Express and Bright Stars have been dominated by stalemates.
Both sides have drawn on seven occasions with Express winning four times while the other three have gone in Bright Stars’ favour.
Last season both sides faced off four times, twice in the league and in the Uganda Cup but played out three 1-1 draws. Express claimed the only win in the four, a 3-1 at Wankulukuku.