Uganda Cup Round of 16 – First Leg
Express FC 2-1 URA FC
Mutessa II Stadium
Express FC put one foot in the Uganda Cup last eight following a 2-1 win over URA FC on Saturday.
URA took an early lead through Ibrahim Dada who slotted past Denis Otim after he was sent on his way by Shafiq Kagimu.
Martin Kizza drew the hosts level, poking in from close range after Eric Kambale flicked Godfrey Lwesibawa’s long throw-in at the back post.
Kambale scored Express’s second in the second half as he lashed onto Sadiq Ssekyembe’s corner to poke into the back of the net.
The result sees Express take a one-goal advantage into the second leg, next week.
For URA, they need to win at Ndejje to progress to the last eight.
Kambale Continues To Carry Red Eagles Afloat
When Wasswa Bbosa was appointed at the start of 2020, he was quick to stress that his main target was to ensure Express competes ably on all fronts.
After 21 rounds in the league, the Red Eagles sit 3rd on the standings, only four points adrift of top spot and they have without a doubt thrown themselves in the title conversation.
However, we games starting to run out, one would be forgiven for thinking that their best bet for silverware would be the cup.
Having dispatched Kyetume in the previous round, they were full of confidence heading into the game on Saturday, after all, the Red Eagles have triumphed on all their past two meetings with the Tax Collectors.
With a front four that is blessed with too-much speed and one that is capable of hurting any defence, on their day, Bbosa’s side were favourites to win the first leg.
Just like it has been the case in the recent past, Eric Kambale was at the centre of all good upfront.
After blasting over from Godfrey Lwesibawa’s cross in the early exchanges, the Congolese-born forward flicked a long throw-in into the path of Kizza to poke home the equalizer.
Kambale was on hand to flip the game on its head on 62 minutes, guiding the ball home form Sadiq Ssekyembe’s corner kick.
Express could have seen their chances of progression further brightened but Lwesibawa saw his effort tipped over by Alionzi Nafian, Kizza blazed over while one-on-one with the custodian before Kalanda weakly poked the ball while in a good position.
Tax Collectors Fall To Red Eagles Again
URA are odds-on favourites to win the league at this point as they sit top of the pile with only nine games to play.
After two successive goalless draws, the Tax Collectors came into Saturday’s game on the back of a 2-0 victory at home to Onduparaka FC.
The manner in which the victory came was one that would suggest we were in for a cracker at Wankulukuku.
Having also lost both games against Express in the league, URA had a point to prove as they went in search of first leg advantage.
They started brightly and were ahead inside two minutes as Ibrahim Dada lashed onto a Shafiq Kagimu pass to slot into the back of the net.
The only striker in the team, on the day, could have doubled the visitors’ lead moments after scoring but his flick from Majwega’s cross went wide before Kagimu found himself one-on-one with Otim before shooting tamely at the custodian who in turn pushed the ball away to safety.
URA who were largely second best on the day had two late chances to walk away with a point but Sserubiri sent a free kick straight at Otim before Nkuubi side-footed over after he was set up by Patrick Mbowa.
Sam Simbwa’s side have now lost all of their last three matches against Express and will need to improve if they are to maintain their chances of winning a league and cup double this season.
The second leg between the two sides will be on Tuesday, May 04 at the Arena of Visions in Bombo.
How both teams started
Denis Otim (GK), Denis Mubuya, Sadiq Ssekyembe, Murushid Juuko, Enock Walusimbi, Mahad Kakooza, John Byamukama, Charles Musiige, Godfrey Lwesibawa, Martin Kizza, Eric Kambale.
Alionzi Nafian (GK), Ashraf Mandela, Brian Majwega, Hudu Mulikyi, Benjamin Nyakoojo, Patrick Mbowa, Moses Sseruyidde, Julius Mutyaba, Joackim Ojera, Shafiq Kagimu, Dada Ibrahim.