There are many signs that Express FC will be very competitive next season, if we are to judge them by their transfer business.
Having finished ninth last season, the Red Eagles will be going for Silverware and the fans cannot wait for the season to kickoff.
This side, six league titles, have not tasted a league crown since 2011/12 season.
Wasswa Bbosa almost won the league with SC Villa two seasons back with some of these players, and with a semblance of good funding and organisation at the club, it will be interesting to see how far they can go.
Over 12 players left the club, including former captain Dissan Galiwango and second choice goalkeeper Tonny Kyamera, but there are many arrivals to look forward to.
How will they lineup? Its a tricky question, but we have given it a go.
We have included main transfer target Taddeo Lwanga, who is rumoured to be joining the club soon.
Let’s do this, shall we?
Goalkeeper – Mathias Muwanga
Big and good headache awaits coach Wasswa Bbosa on his goalkeeping department. Its very rich. Mathias Muwanga who was named the second captain will face stiff competition from new signing Crispus Kusiima while Denis Otim and Sadat Mugenyi will provide back.
Fans have a divided opinion about Muwanga but his abilities have never been in doubt. He missed the first round of last season but the former URA and Saints Keeper kept 16 clean sheets to take home the best keeper gong in the 2015/16 season.
Right Back – Denis Mubuya
Three players are in contest for this – Denis Mubuya, Richard Bbosa and Kevin Ssekimbega, but Mubuya takes the nod slightly due to his experience. He joined from Tooro where he had played for a season since his transfer from Tooro United.
Teenagers Bbosa and Ssekimbega will provide competition, the later rose from the Express Junior team and had good spells with good spells with the Uganda Cubs team.
Left Back – Arthur Kiggundu
Kiggundu is a rock solid defender but I personally have my reservations on his ability going forward. Very experienced and can play in the centre back position as well.
Sadiq Ssekyembe is the other option; the former Katwe United player impressed last season and will be fighting for more minutes.
Centre Backs – Enock Walusimbi and Murushid Juuko
Murushid Juuko’s arrival has underlined Express FC’s title ambitions, and for all those who have followed Enoch Walusimbi, will agree with that he is a good defender. Walusimbi will surely learn a lot from Juuko.
This, without doubt, looks like the best centre back pairing in the league but it remains to be seen if they can live as advertised. My only worry here is that Juuko doesn’t have long plans to remain in UPL yet Express has no reliable substitute in this position after the likes Martin Kizza and Cyrus Kibande are reportedly out of the club.
Central Midfielder – Taddeo Lwanga
Taddeo Lwanga has told The-SportsNation that he will not be joining Express, however, sources confirm that he has held talks with both coach Bbosa and CEO Isaac Mwesigwa. If Taddeo signs, which is going to be a short contract, he will be a starter without doubt. He is an engine that will drive the team. A king pin.
Mahad Yaya and John Tooki Byamukama are the other options, with Yaya edging this one having played for the club and his vast experience.
Attacking Midfielder – Abel Eturude
Abel Eturude has let down many people after promising much about three years ago. He has been out of action for a full season after a bitter spell with Onduparaka. His career is on a downward spiral and its now or never for the former Villa midfielder. His passing ability and work rate is up there when he decides to play.
Desmond Kaneene, Joshua Musoke and Ibrahim Kayiwa are the other options that Bbosa will have in the midfielder, a place Hamdan Nsubuga, Daniel Shabena and Isaac Doka Mweru played in last season.
Right Winger – Godfrey Lwesibawa
Godfrey Lwesibawa has had a torrid spell since joining the club – He received a backlash from fans after confessing his love for Villa and later on, his agreement to join BUL FC resurfaced. That said, he already has Bbosa’s trust. He has the ability to track back which can enable him to play as a wing back as well.
Joshua Ssentambule can be used on either wings as well, provided he recovers in time for the new season.
Striker – Frank Kalanda
Express FC were mocked at the start of last season when they signed ‘old’ Frank Kalanda after the striker returned home following his release from AS Kigali. He went on to prove doubters wrong, scoring 11 goals, two behind top scorer Steven Mukwala.
Without doubt, Kalanda will be going for the tops scorer boot next season and with the right supply, he will fancy his chances. Mustafa Kiragga and Baker Sakah are the other options after Ivan Ocholit was loaned to Proline FC.
Striker – Eric Kambale
Kambale is the best talented player in this squad though his work rate and commitment has been questioned, its his playing style any way.
Very creative and involves teammates in play. He will have to work on his physique to meet Coach Bbosa’s demands. Charles Musiige and Enoch Ssebagala will be there to provide competition.
Left Winger – Frank Ssenyondo
Frank Ssenyondo scored the first goal in Bbosa’s first league game at Express, a one-nil away win over Onduparaka. Six goals in his debut season in UPL after joining from Teranova FC says a lot about this pint-sized winger.
Ssenyondo wants to play on the right but he will settle for anything due to tight competition for places. Faisal Ssekyanzi will be best suited for the left wing though.