Tuesday, March 16
*Police FC vs Express FC @4pm – MTN Omondi Stadium (Live on Sanyuka TV)
*UPDF FC vs Wakiso Giants FC @4pm – Bombo Military Barracks Stadium
•Express FC will have a similar squad to the one that drew with Kyetume last time out.
•Arthur Kiggundu is still out with a knee injury that he suffered against Busoga United.
•George Ssenkaba is a long-term absentee and it is not known when he will be back.
•Martin Kizza is understood to have sorted his licence issues and may make his debut on Tuesday.
•Police are still hit with an injury crisis of sorts as several members of the team are still out.
•Samuel Kayongo, Mubarak Nsubuga, Fahad Kizito and Musa Matovu will all not feature on Tuesday.
•Captain Tonny Mawejje is a doubt for the game with a knock and so is Eric Ssenjobe.
•Ben Ocen has come off the bench in the last few games and it has been confirmed he will once again get limited minutes as he is yet to attain full fitness.
Police FC – Derrick Ochan (GK), Dennis Rukundo, Hassan Muhamud, Henry Katongole, Yusuf Ssozi, Johnson Odongo, Duncan Sseninde, Muwadda Mawejje, Brian Muruli, Tony Mawejje, Ruben Kimera.
Express FC – Mathais Muwanga (GK), Enock Walusimbi, Sadiq Ssekyembe, Isa Lumu, Murushid Juuko, Mahad Yaya Kakoza, Abel Etrude, Charles Musiige, Godfrey Lwesibawa, Eric Kambale, Frank Kalanda.
Preview – A Must Win For Either Side
Express FC will be desperate to return to winning ways on Tuesday afternoon.
Wasswa Bbosa’s side have not won any of their last two games, losing to UPDF FC and then drawing at home to Kyetume FC.
Having sat top of the log, by a point after match-day 12, the Red Eagles find themselves in 3rd trailing leaders URA FC by four points with just a single game to play in the first round.
With the Tax Collectors in action a day later away to Onduparaka FC, Express know that they have a chance to reduce the deficit to just one and put pressure on Sam Simbwa’s men.
However, they will need to sort their scoring issues of late as they have scored just a single goal in three games.
That poor return coincides with the injury to top scorer George Ssenkaba who was taken off in the 1-0 win at Kitara and he is yet to feature again.
With Kiggundu also out, the team looks to have lost it’s self of late and other players need to step up and big time they need to do that as they come up against a Police side that is also in dare need for points and seems to always have a goal in them.
“Our target was to be competitive this season and we have tried to keep up with the pace. Tomorrow’s (Tuesday) game will be very key to our season because if we lose and the table leaders win, we will be down by 11 points which will be a disaster to our season so we go into this one knowing we must win.” Noted Police FC head coach Abdallah Mubiru ahead of the game.
The Cops who had a great start to the season now sit eight points off the pace and need a reaction to ensure their campaign gets back on track.
They are currently without a victory in their past three games and have lost both of their past two to URA and KCCA FC.
Johnson Odong, who has been their best players to date, looks to be struggling in terms of scoring and creating chances and will need to have a good game if they are to overcome a usually organised Express team.
This will be the 22nd meeting between the two sides since October 2010.
In the past 21 meetings, Express have won nine, Police six with the other six all ending in draws.
The last six meetings have been split equally with other side winning three including Express’s penalty shootout victory in the cup back in February 2019.
Last season, each of the two sides won their respective home fixture with Police humiliating Express 6-1 at Lugogo.
How to watch
The game will be live on Sanyuka TV at 4pm.