Friday, February 7
*Onduparaka 0-1 Express
Wasswa Bbosa secured a win on his first start as Express FC stunned Onduparaka at Greenlight Stadium.
The Red Eagles won 1-0, courtesy of substitute Frank Ssenyondo’s strike to hand the side their first victory against Onduparaka on eighth attempt.
Bbosa who replaced George Ssimwogerere will take all the credit for the win as he was in animated mode for a side that played the last half-hour a man down.
Lawrence Kigonya received marching orders for a second booking after a clumsy challenge in the middle of the park. He was earlier booked in the first half for getting off the pitch.
The Red Eagles remained the better side while Onduparaka were silent going forward despite their numerical advantage.
Daniel Shabena disposed Denis Andama to free Ssenyondo, who replaced Frank Kalanda, to slot past Wasswa for the only goal of the game.
The victory ends Express’ two-game losing streak that had seen the side fall to Villa and Mbarara City FC.
Express jumps out of the red zone with victory, and move to 24 points while Onduparaka FC remain on 30 points.
Preview – Onduparaka Vs Express
Debutant, returnee to be specific, Eric Kambale had the visitors’ best chances including a close shot that went an inch wide after collecting from Galiwango from the left flank.
Kambale also headed out two aerial deliveries in the opening 10 minutes of the game.
Galiwango had a clear chance to put Express in the lead when he looped past goalkeeper Yusuf Wasswa but had less time before Rashid Muhammad headed out for corner.
Onduparaka coach Simeone Masaba made three changes from the team that lost to Vipers with Allan Busobozi, Joel Jangeyambe and Malish Jamal all starting but the hosts barely threatened.
Express Tony Kyamera, who was facing Onduparaka for the third time on Arua, the first was his debut, was on holiday and was called into action on rare occasions as Onduparaka’s first major shot on target coming in the 56th minute.
Amis Muwonge, Ezra Bida and debutant Sabir Andama came on but they failed to create a visible impact on the day the Caterpillars looked the second best.
Onduparaka face a difficult task against Villa On February 19 while Express have Maroons in Uganda Cup before a league game against Tooro United.
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Onduparaka – Yusuf Wasswa, Richard Ayiko, Allan Busobozi, Rashid Muhammad, Denis Andama, Hassan Muhamood, Rajab Kakooza, Joel Jangeyambe, Jamal Malish, Rashid Okocha, Julius Malingumu
Express – Tony Kyamera, Yiga Muhammad, Hamis Batega, Martin Kizza, David Kakeeto, Daniel Shabena, Isaac Doka Mweru, Lawrence Kigonya, Dissan Galiwango, Eric Kambale, Frank Kalanda