Tuesday, May 4
*SC Villa 0-0 Onduparaka
*Tooro United 2-2 Wakiso Giants
*URA 0-0 Express
Express FC held their nerves to squeeze out a needed result against URA FC to march on to the Quarterfinals of the Stanbic Uganda Cup.
The game at Arena of Visions ended goalless to see Express who won the first leg at Wankulukuku qualify on a 2-1 aggregate win.
Express endured late flurry of attacks from the hosts who saw substitute Ivan Sserubiru fire over and wide after a good cross from Ashraf Mandela in added minutes.
Substitute Brian Nkuubi also missed two clear cut chances in the second half for a URA side that needed at least a 1-0 victory to qualify.
The Red Eagles defended tirelessly as they successfully protected their slim first leg advantage.
Express join Vipers, SC Villa and Wakiso Giants as the only teams to have reached the last eight so far.
Below-par URA FC Bundles Out
URA FC did not live to the billing against Express, a side that beat them home and away in the league.
The muddy pitch, which delayed kickoff for almost half an hour, will be partly to blame for affecting URA FC trademark tik tak game.
They lacked fluidity going forward as their usual stars Shafic Kagimu and Joachim Ojera looked out of place.
The side lost lone striker Ibrahim Dada after collision with Express defender Murushid Juuko midway through the first half.
Dada’s replacement Steven Mukwala almost won it in the dying seconds but his header went just wide of the goal mouth.
Brian Majwega saw his cross across the goal mouth from the byline unattended to while Arafat Galiwango headed weakly at goal from a well delivered corner.
Nkuubi had a chance to put URA in front but failed to capitalise from Express fullback Sadiq Seekyembe’s poor clearancebto fire over the bar.
Hard working Express Extend Dominance Against Sam Ssimbwa
The result is the latest instalment in Express-URA trilogy.
Express beat URA 1-0 thanks to George Ssenkaaba goal in the first round of the league and later won 3-1 as the second round kicked off.
On Tuesday, needing a draw to go through, Express were expected to sit back and defend but came out of their shells to take the game to the opponent.
The backline was solid and captain Enock Walusimbi soldiered on despite suffering a blow on the nose late in the game.
Godfrey Lwesibawa was brilliant as he tracked back to help Ssekyembe against a pacey and tricky Ojera.
Kambale was composed up front and managed to held up play but he will feel guilty to have missed an easy chance when he poorly connected Lwesibawa’s teasing cross.
Martin Kizza missed from inside the box while Charles Musiige was denied by goalkeeper Hannington Ssebwalunyo.
What Next – URA FC host Onduparaka on May 7 while Express will be at Wankulukuku against Police the following day.
URA FC – Hannington Ssebwalunyo, Ashraf Mandela, Brian Majwega, Benjamin Nyakoojo, Arafat Galiwango, Hudu Mulikyi, Patrick Mbowa, Moses Sseruyidde, Shafic Kagimu, Joachim Ojera, Ibrahim Dada
Express FC – Denis Otim, Sadiq Ssekyembe, Enock Walusimbi, Murushid Juuko, Denis Mubuya, Mahad Yaya Kakooza, Daniel Shabena, Godfrey Lwesibawa, Charles Musiige, Martin Kizza, Eric Kambale