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UPDF FC vs Express FC: Team News, Probable Lineups, Preview and Stats

Tuesday, March 09
*Busoga United FC vs MYDA FC @1pm – FUFA Technical Centre.
*Kyetume FC vs KCCA FC @4pm – FUFA Technical Centre.
*Police FC vs URA [email protected] – MTN Omondi Stadium. (Live on Sanyuka TV)
*UPDF FC vs Express FC @4pm – Bombo Military Barracks Stadium.
*Onduparaka FC vs Mbarara City FC @4pm – Green Light Stadium.


Team News

•UPDF FC coach Kefa Kisala has told The-SportsNation that he has a fully fit squad for the KCCA game
•Midfielder Ibrahim Wamannah is expected to maintain his starting role after returning to the starting team against KCCA FC.
•Express were delt a huge blow as two of their starters in Arthur Kiggundu and Charles Musiige went of injured last weekend.
•Musiige has fully recovered and he is expected to feature while Kiggundu faces a late fitness test to ascertain his availability.
•Striker George Ssenkaba is a longterm absentee so he is still out.
•Martin Kizza is believed to have sorted his licence issues so he is in line for a debut while Geoffrey Wasswa is only training and yet to obtain clearance.


Probable Lineups

UPDF FC – Waswa Yusuf (GK), Vuni Bright Joseph, Mubiru Isa, Mbazira Simon, Sekitoleko Denis, Thembo Ibrahim, Kintu Sam, Kalumba Brian,Kasirye Davis, Kayanja Brian, Wamannah Ibrahim.

Express FC – Mathais Muwanga (GK), Enock Walusimbi, Sadiq Ssekyembe, Isa Lumu, Murushid Juuko, Mahad Yaya, Abel Etrude, Charles Musiige, Godfrey Lwesibawa, Eric Kambale, Frank Kalanda.


Preview – Red Eagles Out To Maintain Unbeaten Start

Express FC have been in good form since the campaign started and continue impressing with each passing day.

They currently sit top of the table, just a point above Vipers SC and know victory will see them maintain top spot regardless of what happens elsewhere on match-day 13.

After Vipers loss to Mbarara City on Saturday, the Red Eagles are now the only unbeaten side in the division and seem to be growing in strength with each passing day.

Express are the only side yet to lose a game this season. (PHOTOS/Courtesy)

Tuesday’s game sees them return on the road impressing on their last three travels.

Those away games have seen them impress immensely as they went on to win all of them while scoring nine goals in the process and conceding just once.

The Red Eagles thrashed BUL FC 4-0, saw a brace each from Ssenkaba and Lwesibawa that lifted them past MYDA 4-1 and also overcame Kitara FC 1-0.

They are coming off a slender 1-0 victory at home to Busoga United FC in their last league game, one that was achieved courtesy of a Frank Kalanda penalty.

Having won all of their past five games, Bbosa’s side must be full of confidence going into the game on Tuesday and will be out to make it six victories on the trot.

UPDF FC lost 6-1 at KCCA FC in their last encounter in a performance that saw them register their heaviest loss this season.

Coach Kefa Kisala will be expected to ask for a reaction from his players although they need to be cautious as they come up against the league leaders.

Its been a tricky spell for UPDF who beat Villa, lost to URA and KCCA and they will need a positive result on Tuesday to put their season back on track.

Currently, they sit in 7th spot with 18 points from 12 games, an impressive return for a side that is just making their return to top flight football.


The Stats

This will be just the third meeting between the two sides since 2017.

All the previous two match-ups have ended in home victories.

The last time UPDF hosted Express, the Army side won 1-0 back in September 2017.

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