By: Sinan Rajub Senoga
Express FC Vs Proline FC
Venue : Muteesa II Stadium, Wankulukuku
Kick off : 4:30pm
Relegation threatened Express FC will continue the fight for league survival when they host fellow strugglers Proline FC at Wankulukuku on Friday evening.
Express are currently sitting at the bottom of the Azam Uganda Premier league table but a win over Proline tomorrow will elevate them away from the red zone.
The visitors Proline, who are 13th with only 2 points above Express, have had a woeful slump down the league table after losing all their 5 previous league games.
Both sides come into this game on a losing note, the hosts lost 2-1 to Bright Stars in Mwererwe while Proline succumbed to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Maroons at Lugogo.
Express FC: LWDLL
Proline FC: LLLLL
Express and Proline have registered the highest number of defeats in the league so far, they have lost 11 each.
Proline are a poor travelling side that has not won a game away from home since last year in May. Surprisingly, their last win on road came against Express on May 9th.
This season, Mujib Kasule coached men have managed only 2 draws and scored a low of 3 goals in the 10 away games they have played.
On contrary, Express has won 3 times from the 9 games they have hosted this season so far. Losing 4 and drawing the other 2.
The last 11 ties between the two sides have seen 4 wins for Express, 4 draws and 3 Proline victories. Express also seek for a double over Proline after winning the reverse fixture 2-1 in the first round at Lugogo.
Shafiq Bisaso, the Express tactician stressed out the importance of this fixture saying they are not to settle for less than a win.
“We have prepared for this match in the similar way like we have always did prior to the previous encounters though sometimes we have unfortunately lost.”
“We come into this one very cautious and determined because we need to win. Winning is our only option, failing to win will be a disaster.”
“The good thing is that a good number of our players have returned from injuries and we also managed to clear the license issues for others which was another big hindrance in the previous games.”
” I call upon our fans to rally behind us because they are our 12th player and we greatly need their presence.” He concludes.
Bisaso will however miss out on the services of skipper David Ndihabwe who got injured during the FUFA drum competitions. Defender Edgar Bwogi remains sidelined while Ronnie Kisekka makes a return. Isaac Kisujju Onyango is subject to a late fitness test.
Proline will usher left back Simon Mbaziira back into the starting eleven after recovering from a head injury he sustained in the club’s 1-0 loss to Kirinya Jinja SS.
Mujib Kasule will hope to bank on Nordin Bunjo, Savio Kabugo and skipper Joseph Mandela to replicate their impressive performance put up against Luweero United in the domestic cup.
Forwards Alfred Leku, Isaac Kisujju Onyango and Mike Birungi are expected to inspire the Express team to attain positive results.
Any kind of win for Express can see them move from the bottom of the table to the 13th place leapfrogging Proline, Masavu and UPDF. On the other hand, a win for Proline leaves them 13th on the log.