Sunday, February 14
*URA FC Vs Express – Arena of Visions, 4pm
•URA FC will be starting life minus midfielder Saidi Kyeyune who completed a move to El Merriekh last month.
•The Tax Collectors will also be with out goalkeeper Alionzi Nafian who is lacking full fitness. Nafian was with the Uganda Cranes team at the 2020 CHAN in Cameroon.
•Patrick Mbowa, Shafiq Kagimu and Jocakim Ojera, the others that were at CHAN were named in the match-day squad and are likely to feature.
•Brian Majwega, Michael Birungi and Jackson Nunda are both out with injuries.
•Former Vipers SC midfielder Brian Nkuubi has been named in the squad and he is in line to make his debut for the Tax Collectors.
•For Express, they have a full-strength squad at their disposal.
•The trio of Arthur Kiggundu, Ibrahim Kayiwa and Frank Ssenyondo, who all missed the draw against Vipers, have recovered from injuries and pushing to make the match-day squad. Kiggundu is likely to be slotted into the starting eleven to replace Sadiq Ssekyembe in the starting IX.
•Ennock Walusimbi who started the last two games at right-back is expected to continue there with Isa Lumu and Murushid Juuko also continuing at centre-half.
•January signing Muzamir Mutyaba who came off the back on Tuesday is pushing for a first start for the Red Eagles.
URA FC XI – Hannington Ssebwalunyo, Ashraf Mandela, Ronald Kigongo, Benjamin Nyakojo, Patrick Mbowa, Sserubiri Ivan, Brian Nkuubi, Shafik Kagimu, Mikidad Ssenyonga, Joackim Ojera, Steven Mukwala.
Express FC XI – Mathais Muwanga, Enock Walusimbi, Arthur Kiggundu, Isa Lumu, Murushid Juuko, Daniel Shabena, Abel Etrude, Godfrey Lwesibawa, Charles Musiige, Eric Kambale, Frank Kalanda.
URA FC will be hoping to maintain their fine start to the campaign on Sunday.
The have been the best defending side in the league, conceding just three goals since the start of the season.
The Tax Collectors are still unbeaten this season having won three and drawn two of their opening five games.
After drawing both of their first two games, the Tax Collectors went into the league break on the back of three successive victories, defeating SC Villa, BUL FC and KCCA FC.
Having defeated both Villa and KCCA previously, Sam Simbwa’s side must be confident they can topple Express FC too.
However, the contest against Red Eagles will not be any easy as the Red Eagles have been formidable so far, too.
Wasswa Bbosa’s charges, just like URA, are also still unbeaten this season.
In their first five games, they collected nine points, winning twice and drawing on three occasions.
The draw against Vipers on Tuesday saw Express drop their first points at home but they come into Sunday’s game without victory on the road following stalemates on their first two travels.
“We have prepared well after drawing against Vipers SC. Bbosa told the club’s website.
“We are going to URA’s home in good shape and we are focused to return to winning ways.
“We have won just twice and won the other three games and we are determined to get a win tomorrow (Sunday) and that is why we have ensured that we make proper preparations.
“Luckily for us, all the injured players have come back so we expect that to win the game.”
The two sides will be meeting for the 23rd meeting since September 2010.
URA have enjoyed success in that period, winning eight and losing just twice against the Red Eagles.
Lately, the Tax Collectors have gone five games unbeaten against Express, winning twice and drawing the other three games.
Express’s last victory against URA FC dates back to a 1-0 victory at Wankulukuku in October 2017.
Last season, URA took four points off Express, drawing 0-0 in Ndejje before beating the Red Eagles 2-1 at Wankulukuku.
How to watch
The game will be live on Sanyuka TV at exactly 4pm.