By: Danito Nsubuga
• Express FC 1-2 Police FC
It wasn’t your usual relaxed pre season friendly match, played on a soddy pitch after a heavy downpour at Mutesa II Stadium Wankulukuku.
With the date for the new season kick off being confirmed for the 28th of September, teams are gearing up their preparation and Express FC hosted Police.
The match was kicked off at a very high temple, teams attacking from end to end, hard tackles flying in and the fans too got engaged by constantly reacting to every refereeing decision.
Police FC got the first taste of the gloss when Ashraf Bamuturaki met a well swerve cross from lively winger Pius Kaggwa but his effort didn’t stand being ruled out for being marginally offside.
Express FC XI
The first period despite being entertaining, it ended in a disappointing goalless stalemate.
Shortly after resumption for the second period, Bamuturaki registered his name on the score sheet but this time on the wrong end, he unfortunately failed to clear Arthur Kiggundu’s lowly struck free kick and it ended up in his own net.
Police FC took over control of affairs, treading passes with good combination, movement and precision.
Express FC were made to pay for their submission on 75 minutes when Ruben Kimera’s well executed free kick beat Tonny Kyamera’s top corner.
The cops grew more in confidence, bossed possession and out the hosts on a back foot defending for at least a point.
But, Police’s relentless attacks finally broke them after a string of quick passes exchanged between the young Hassan Kalega, Ashraf Bamuturaki and Pius Kaggwa was completed by Johnson Odong.
Express FC are expected to play their next pre season match on Saturday with a team yet to be confirmed.
Starting line ups
Express FC XI
Tony Kyamera, Charles Lubega, Arthur Kiggundu, John Revita, Shafik Kakeeto, Pius Mbidde, Mubarak Nsubuga, Ibrahim Kayiwa, Tony Odur, Davies Mayanja, Michael Birungi
Ronald Mutebi, Hamis Batenga, Lawrence Kigonya, Disan Galiwango, Joel Male, Ruben Kabuye, Erick Kambale.
Police FC line up
Davis Mutebi, Willa Paul, Ruben Kimera, Kibumba Ibrahim, Sadat Kyambadde, Samuel Kayongo, Pius Kaggwa, Hassan Kalega, Nyanzi Abdul, Ashraf Mugume, Odong Johnson
Sentume Joseph, Basani Safi, Arafat Galiwango, Makeera Shakur, Amir