Express and Mbarara will be broadcast live on Sanyuka at 4pm
Wednesday, December 16
*Mbarara City Vs Express FC – Kakyeka Stadium (live on Sanyuka TV)
*Kyetume Vs UPDF FC – FUFA Technical Centre
*Vipers SC Vs Kitara FC – St. Mary’s Stadium
- Bebe Swalik remains out with Covid19 for the Ankole Lions.
- Jude Ssemugabi recovers from Malaria while Wol Makueth’s licence has finally been secured.
- The club will continue to be without head coach Brian Ssenyondo who is in Rwanda with Uganda Cubs for Cecafa U17.
- For Express FC, Captain Enock Walusimbi is still suspended since that red card against Onduparaka.
- Charles Musiige didn’t travel with the team after a muscle injury despite starting against Bright Stars while Daniel Shabena is part of the contingent.
- Mustafa Kiragga’s ITC is yet to be availed, Kakooza Mahad Yaya still nursing a knee injury as Ibrahim Kayiwa has to face a late fitness test.
Mbarara City FC XI – Mohammed Ssekeba, Steven Othieno, Jasper Aheebwa, Hilary Mukundane, Souleymane Bamba, Pistis Balenge, Solomon Okwalinga, Wol Makueth, John Adriko, Bashir Mutanda,
Express FC XI – Mathias Muwanga, Richard Bbosa, Arthur Kiggundu, Issa Lumu, Murushid Juuko, Daniel Shabena, Godfrey Lwesibawa, Abel Eturude, Frank Kalanda, Frank Ssenyondo, Eric Kambale.
Preview – Mbarara To Bank On Home Advantage
Mbarara City’s first home point against URA in the league opener has been followed by back to back defeats against SC Villa and KCCA on the road that have seen the club drop to 13th.
They face Express, such is a hell of another fixture. There is no room for a breather.
With fans returning to return in limited numbers, the Ankole Lions will seek to benefit from the home advantage to stop the Red Eagles in hope for their first league win of this ongoing campaign.
Playing without head coach Brian Ssenyondo may be their biggest undoing at the moment, but Coach Meddie Kisekka has not done any wrong. A couple of injuries here and there, plus the unavailability of striker Wol Makueth in recent games, has been his hurdle. Now that they are back, the excuse period is over.
They put up a commendable display against KCCA, in comparison with that against Villa loss. Bashir Mutanda came close thrice, including a headed effort that was denied by the woodwork. They will need the former Villa striker to get the ball at the back of the net, and their season may depend on that.
For the visitors, they started the season as one of the title contenders for the first time in recent past. That draw against Onduparaka will be regarded as a point earned given that they played the better half of the second half with a man down after Walusimbi’s dismissal.
They had their would be Matchday two game witch Vipers postponed, and later beat Bright Stars to get their season on track. It was not big a performance, but who cares when its still three points after all. How they will build on that, will be a test coach Wasswa Bbosa has to pass to prove everyone that title contender tag is not an over stretch.
Last season, Makueth Wol scored the only goal as Mbarara beat hosts Express.
The first round encounter saw the Red Eagles need a Daniel Shabena late strike to seal a dramatic five goal thriller. Frank Kalanda and Hamdan Nsubuga were on target for Express, while Mbarara’s two goals from Hilary Mukundane and Jude Ssemugabi were not enough to stop a 3-2 defeat in a game player at Luzira.
This will be the seventh league meeting, with Mbarara City having won three against Express FC’s two.
Head To Head
*Express 0-1 Mbarara
*Mbarara 2-3 Express
*Express 0-0 Mbarara
*Mbarara 3-1 Express
*Express 1-0 Mbarara
*Mbarara 1-0 Express