Saturday, May 1
Uganda Cup Round of 32 – First Leg
*Express vs URA, Wankulukuku @3pm
*Onduparaka vs SC Villa, Arua @4pm
*UPDF vs Vipers, Bombo @4pm
•Express FC will have defender Isa Lumu return to the side after missing the league victory against Onduparaka FC due to suspension.
•However, midfielder Abel Etrude is still out as he continues his recovery from injury.
•The duo of Arthur Kiggundu and George Ssenkaba are longterm absentees.
•URA FC face a strikers’ crisis at the moment as both Cromwel Rwothomio and Steven Mukwala will be out after failing to attain fitness in time for the game leaving Ibrahim Dada as the only available striker.
•Midfielder Julius Mutyaba returns after shaking off the injury that saw him miss the league victory over Mbarara City FC earlier this week.
•Jackson Nunda still awaits his debut for the Tax Collectors with a long-term injury.
Probable Line ups
Express FC – Denis Otim (GK), Denis Mubuya, Sadiq Ssekyembe, Murushid Juuko, Isa Lumu, Daniel Shabena, Ibrahim Kayiwa, Muzamir Mutyaba, John Byamukama, Ivan Mayanja, Frank Kalanda.
URA FC – Alionzi Nafian (GK), Ronald Kigongo, Arafat Galiwango, Hudu Mulikyi, Patrick Mbowa, Brian Nkuubi, Ivan Sserubiri, Mikidad Ssenyonga, Davis Ssali, Julius Mutyaba, Dada Ibrahim.
Preview – Renew Acquaintance As Red Eagles, Tax Collectors Eye Vital First Leg Advantage
Express FC have slowly returned to their best after an indifferent run that had seen them win just once in five competitive games (D3 L1).
The Red Eagles who are chasing a double have now won two in a raw, taking care of both Vipers SC and Onduparaka FC.
After taking care of Kyetume FC in the previous round of the Cup, Wasswa Bbosa’s side will be hoping to take a first leg advantage over the Tax Collectors on Saturday.
Express have already defeated URA twice this season but they know it will be hard to beat Sam Simbwa’s side again.
“Following our league win over Onduparaka, we have been focused on the cup fixture against URA. Said Bbosa ahead of the game.
“This will be the third time for us to meet and we respect them. The two wins we got over them were not simple and this game won’t be any easier so we have concentrated on scoring goals and emphasising to the players to be focused all through the game.”
With games coming thick and fast, both sides will be expected to alter their teams in a bid to ensure the players do not get fatigued as the season heads into it’s final bend.
Just like Express, URA are also chasing the double and are in pole position to win the league with just nine games to play, as they hold a one point lead at the top of the standings.
They edged Mbarara City 1-0 on aggregate in the round of 32 and know that a good result at Wankulukuku on Saturday will surely set the tone for their bid to reach the last eight.
Having already lost twice to the Red Eagles this campaign, the Tax Collectors will however be worry of the threat Express posses.
This will be the 25th meeting between the two sides since September 2010.
In the past 24 match-ups, URA have won eight, Express four with the other 12 all ending in draws.
However, the Tax Collectors have won only one of their past six games away to Express FC (D3 L2).
Last season, URA took four points off Express including a 2-1 win at Wankulukuku but have already lost twice to the Red Eagles this campaign. Express won the last fixture between the two sides at Wankulukuku 3-1 despite having Murushid Juuko sent off early in the second half.
George Ssenkaba scored the only goal when the two sides met in their first meeting of the season in Bombo.