Uganda Cup Round of 32 – Return Leg
Monday, May 03
*SC Villa vs Onduparaka FC, Bombo @3:30pm
*URA FC vs Express FC, Ndejje @4pm
*Tooro United vs Wakiso Giants FC, Buhinga @4pm
•Express FC will have defender Isa Lumu return after missing the last two games.
•Abel Etrude is still recovering from a knee injury and continues to miss out.
•Arthur Kiggundu and George Ssenkaba are longterm absentees.
•URA FC continue to face a strikers’ crisis 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 who started on Saturday is not part of the team due to fitness concerns.
•Aliozni Nafian who was in goal on Saturday has also not travelled with the team so Hannington Ssebwalunyo will be in between the sticks.
•Jackson Nunda still awaits his debut for the Tax Collectors with a long-term injury.
URA FC – Hannington Ssebwalunyo (GK), Ashraf Mandela, Brian Majwega, Hudu Mulikyi, Benjamin Nyakoojo, Patrick Mbowa, Davis Ssali, Ivan Sserubiri, Joackim Ojera, Shafiq Kagimu, Dada Ibrahim.
Express FC – Denis Otim (GK), Isa Lumu, Sadiq Ssekyembe, Murushid Juuko, Enock Walusimbi, Mahad Kakooza, Daniel Shabena, Charles Musiige, Godfrey Lwesibawa, Martin Kizza, Eric Kambale.
Preview – Tax Collectors, Red Eagles Clash Again With Spot In Cup Last 8 On Line
URA FC and Express FC will face off for the fourth and final time this season on Tuesday.
The two sides are both chasing unprecedented doubles this season but one of them will have to see that dream end at the final whistle of the contest in Ndejje.
URA sit top of the league standings with a one point advantage but face a task of overturning a 2-1 deficit if they are to reach the last 8 in the cup.
Sam Simbwa’s side who are odds-on favourites to win the league have already lost three times to Express and will be concerned as they seek to win their first cup crown since 2014.
With both Mukwala and Rwothomio, their two top scorers this season, out, they need Dada and Kagimu to step up if they are to see their Hope’s of a double stay alive.
The away goal they got in the first leg may prove to be vital but only if they can score again and somehow shut out the Red Eagles, something that they have failed to do so far this season.
For Express, they only need to avoid defeat to stay on course to win a first cup since 2006 and an 11th overall.
Their last title of any kind came in 12 when Simbwa led them to the league crown.
They currently sit four points behind URA FC and are very much in the thick of things should both the Tax Collectors and Vipers slip up in the last nine league games.
The Red Eagles are full of confidence in terms of getting the job done on Monday after winning all of their last three games against URA.
However, they must know how good URA have been this season and need to be worry of the threat the Tax Collectors are capable of pausing.
This will be the 26th meeting between the two sides since September 2010.
In the past 25 match-ups, URA have won eight, Express five with the other 12 all ending in draws.
However, the Tax Collectors have lost all of their last three games against Express.
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 Ndejje 1-0.