SINAN RAJUB SENOGA
•Express FC vs URA FC
•Tuesday 2nd October
•Kick off: 4:30pm
•Venue : Muteesa II •Stadium, Wankulukuku
Kefa Kisala will start his new reign at Express with a tough fixture against Sam Simbwa’s URA FC at Wankulukuku.
Kisala who was appointed head coach of the Red Eagles three months ago was not able to feature on the Match Day One menu against Mbarara City last week since the latter was not cleared by the Federation in time.
His visitors URA won their first game 2-0 against Paidha Black Angels at Namboole thanks to a brace from Vitalis Tabu.
The two tacticians will be facing their former sides with Sam Simbwa returning to a side that he guided to their last league triumph 6 seasons ago.
Kisala returned to Wankulukuku with a mission of revitalizing the stumbling 6-time champions to their lost glory especially after surviving relegation by a whisker last season.
Express is expected to field a much changed side since they managed to retain only 8 of their squad players used the previous season.
Newly appointed captain Julius Ntambi will be facing his former pay masters together with team mate Matthias Muwanga who is expected to stand between the sticks.
Sam Simbwa is much aware of the threat posed by Express and says his charges are ready to win every game that comes their way despite fatigue and injury concerns.
” We had already prepared for the league before Friday, but most of my players are fatigued since they have been engaged in the FUFA Drum tournament on Sunday.”
” It’s to the advantage of Express who are fresh but we have very many players at disposal. We shall do the needful to win the game.”
” We can’t underestimate Express because they are a good team with a good coach and good administration more so they are playing at home which means it won’t be an easy game for us.”
” We have some injuries in the team like Ojera (Joachim) who limped off in our previous game. I prefer not to disclose other injured players.”
It is understood that besides the youngster Joachim Ojera, Joshua Kawadwa, Paul Patrick Mboowa and Robert Omunuk are some of the injured players in Simbwa’s squad.
Simbwa will look up to the attacking prowess of Shafik Kagimu, Matthew Odongo, Said Kyeyune, Vitalis Tabu and Moses Seruyidde for inspiration.
Express FC have no injury concern save for striker Reuben Kabuye. Tony Odur managed to shake off the injury he sustained days ago in a friendly match.
Odur, together with Congolese striker Eric Kambale, Ibrahim Kayiwa and Michael Birungi are expected to be key men in their pursuit for a winning start.
Head to Head
The past 16 encounters between the two sides have been dominated by draws (8 times). The tax collectors have won on 6 occasions compared to Express’ two times.
Last season, Express won 1-0 at Wankulukuku before salvaging a 1-1 draw at Namboole through an Ayub Kisalita late penalty.
- Full fixtures
KCCA vs Kirinya Jinja SS
Express vs URA FC
Maroons vs Vipers SC
BUL FC vs Tooro United
Nyamityobora FC vs Bright Stars
Ndejje University vs Mbarara City
SC Villa vs Onduparaka FC
Paidha Black Angels vs Police FC