By: Sinan Rajub Senoga
MATCH PREVIEW : Proline out to pile misery on troubled Express
Proline FC play hosts to 14th placed Express FC at the StarTimes Stadium Lugogo in round 11 of the Azam Uganda Premier league.
Express who are on the aftermath of a 2-1 home loss to fellow strugglers Masavu, come into this tie after parting ways with head coach Douglas Bamweyana on Thursday morning.
The hosts on the other hand come into this fixture after sharing spoils with URA in a 1-1 draw at Namboole on Wednesday, in a match they painfully conceded in the dying kicks.
However, with the departure of Bamweyana, the Red Eagles are provisionally under the charge of former players Hassan Mubiru and Sam Kawalya together with Robert Mujabi as the club is in search for his replacement.
Proline lies 11th on the log but boasts of the second best scoring record in the league of 11 goals, 6 behind KCCA. Mujib Kasule’s men have also won 3 of their four home games this season scoring 9 goals and conceding on 3 occasions.
Express has lost all their 3 away games played so far and remain one of the two clubs yet to score a goal on road – the other being Mbarara City
The previous seven league meetings between Express and Proline have seen either sides winning three times and drawing once.
Last season, the two sides played a 1-1 draw at Lugogo in the first round. Express then lost the return leg by forfeiture as the game was abandoned at 2-0 in favour of Proline in the 47th minute, defender Vincent Onyebuchi agonizingly broke his leg.
Proline welcome defender Savio Kabugo from suspension and Ivan Bukenya who also missed their previous match in the mid-week. However, Joseph Semujju, Nordin Bunjo and Joshua Okiror are doubtful. They will also miss the services of midfielder David Owori.
Express also welcomes skipper David Ndihabwe and striker Andrew Sekayombya who missed out on the game against Masavu with minor knocks.
The 6-time champions will rely on diminutive striker Daniel Muzeyi Serunkuuma for redemption. Serunkuuma has scored 4 of the 5 goals Express has managed so far this season.
Baker Mboowa the Proline assistant coach is very positive his charges will scoop the three points at disposal.
“We are very much prepared for the game, we are welcoming our players from suspension and injuries. Unfortunately, we are missing out a very influential player in David Owori but as far as the team is concerned, we are ready. We have to win.”
“We missed many chances against URA because we create a lot and ever since the season started we have been creating a lot. Hopefully tomorrow, we create and utilize on those chances because we have worked on it even in our last training.”
The hosts will also depend on the services of Sula Matovu, Joseph Mandela and youthful striker Fahad Bayo to earn points in this fixture.