BY: SINAN RAJUB SENOGA
Express fc will take on Jinja based outfit Kirinya Jinja SS FC in the continuation of the Azam Uganda Premier League match day 2 at Muteesa II stadium Wankulukuku.
The 6 time champions are starting this new campaign without a head coach following the untimely resignation of Mattia Lule who is now destined for Congolese club Bukavu Dawa. Sam Kawalya will be the man at helm for Express on an interim basis as the club is set to appoint Lule’s successor.
Kawalya’s compatriot Charles Ayiekoh Mbuzi, the man in the dug out for Kirinya Jinja SS will be in charge of his first game at the club and the first since his last game resignation at Soana FC on the eve of last season.
The two sides come into today’s tie after making massive recruitments. Express have 22 new faces in their squad while Kirinya Jinja SS signed 18 new players. Kirinya retained only 10 players from last season’s squad while Express retained 9.
Steven Bengo, Micheal Birungi and Ronnie Kisekka are set to make Express fc debuts while striker Daniel Muzeyi Serunkuma is set to make his second debut after returning to Wankulukuku.
The visitors will miss the services of Bashir Mutanda who sustained a knee injury but will hope to rely on newly acquired strikers Esenu Musa and Muwawu Faisal for goals.
This will be the fourth time Express and Kirinya Jinja SS are facing each other in all competitions but the third in the league. Of the two previous league meetings, Express have won once and the other has been a draw.
Last season, Express fc edged Kirinya Jinja 1-0 through Mahad Kakooza after playing a 1-1 stalemate in the first round at Wankulukuku. It was former defender Bob Kasozi who equalised in the 70th minute to deny Kirinya their maiden victory last year In October. Kirinya Jinja had scored in the first half through Geofrey Mubiru and this was the club’s first ever goal in the league after 8 matches.
The third meeting came early in February this year in the round of 64 of the Uganda Cup and Express emerged 2-1 victors courtesy of goals from Simon Serunkuma and Musa Mukasa.