Friday, April 02
*Express FC vs URA FC @3pm – Mutessa II Stadium (Live on Sanyuka TV)
*Kyetume FC vs Police FC @4pm – FUFA Technical Centre
•Express will continue to be without Arthur Kiggundu who is still out with a knee injury.
•Abel Etrude is also expected to miss out with a knee problem while George Ssenkaba is a long-term absentee.
•Winger Martin Kizza who was unveiled on Thursday is expected to make his debut after completing his move from South Africa.
•URA FC will be without injured defender Huud Mulikyi.
•Paul Mbowa is also unavailable due to a suspension having accumulated three yellow cards.
•Jackson Nunda is a long-term absentee and yet to feature for the Tax Collectors since moving from KCCA FC.
•Brian Nkuubi and Arafat Ggaliwango have once again been left out of the match-day squad for unexplained reasons.
Express FC – Mathais Muwanga (GK), Enock Walusimbi, Sadiq Ssekyembe, Murushid Juuko, Isa Lumu, Daniel Shabena, Mahad Kakooza, Muzamir Mutyaba, Godfrey Lwesibawa, Charles Musiige, Eric Kambale.
URA FC – Nafian Alionzi, Ashraf Mandela, Brian Majwega, Benjamin Nyakoojo, Moses Seruyidde, Faruku Katongole, Ivan Sserubiri, Shafik Kagimu, Davis Ssali, Steven Mukwala, Cromwel Rwothomio.
Preview – Red Eagles Hope To Complete Double Over Tax Collectors
Express FC were slowed down towards the end of the first round as they were struggling to pick up results.
In their final three games, they won just once with the victory coming away to Police FC on match-day 15.
Their turn in form coincided with the injury to striker George Ssenkaba who is probably out for the rest of the campaign.
Since his injury, they Red Eagles have struggled in front of goal as they have scored only two goals in their last four games.
Frank Kalanda failed to fill Ssenkaba’s boots forcing Wasswa Bbosa to change the set up and play Erick Kambale in a false-nine role. The move paid off against the Cops as Kambale netted the winner in the final six minutes of the contest.
The Red Eagles will be expected to continue in the same set up against URA as they target vital points to close in on top spot.
“We are glad to be back for the final part of the season with an almost fit squad. We ended our first round on a good note and have been working tirelessly since then. A lot has been worked on to correct our mistakes from the first round and we hope to be better. URA is a decent team and we respect them but we want to complete the double over them.” Said Bbosa in his pre-match interview.
Doing the double over the Tax Collectors will be easier said than done as they were without a doubt the best side in the first round.
Sam Simbwa’s side finished the first round top of the pile by three points and after seeing that lead whipped out by Vipers SC on Friday, they will seek a response on Saturday.
URA had their away form to thank for the lead at the end of the first round as they won six of their seven games on the road including all the last six.
It will be hard to beat Express at Wankulukuku but if they can, URA will have made a huge statement in the big to win this year’s title.
This will be the 24th meeting between the two sides since September 2010.
In the past 23 match-ups, URA have won eight, Express three with the other 12 all ending in draws.
However, the Tax Collectors have won only one of their past five games away to Express FC (D3 L1).
Last season, URA took four points off Express including a 2-1 win at Wankulukuku.
When the two sides met earlier in the season, Express beat URA 1-0 with Ssenkaba scoring the only goal of the contest.
How To Watch
This game will be live on Sanyuka TV