Uganda Cup – Wednesday
*Express FC vs KCCA FC, Wankulukuku Stadium @3:30pm
•Express will welcome back midfielder Mahad Yaya from injury after he missed the last League game with injury.
•Abel Etrude who has been out of action since the start of the month also returns but is subject to a late fitness test.
•Striker George Ssenkaba is still out with injury.
•KCCA are still going through an injury crisis with striker Sadat Anaku and Samuel Ssenyonjo both doubts after missing the last League game through injury.
•Filbert Obenchan, Andrew Kigozi, Brian Aheebwa and John Revita are all still nursing injuries.
•Musa Ramathan is currently training but not expected to feature while Dominic Ayella is out with school commitments.
•Julius Poloto and Ashraf Mugume both returned last weekend and are set to feature.
Express FC – Chrispas Kusiima (GK), Enock Walusimbi, Sadiq Ssekyembe, Isa Lumu, Murushid Juuko, Mahad Yaya, John Byamukama, Charles Musiige, Godfrey Lwesibawa, Eric Kambale, Martin Kizza.
KCCA FC – Charles Lukwago (Gk), Dennis Iguma, Peter Magambo, Hassan Musana, Moses Aliro, Gift Ali, Steven Sserwadda, Keziron Kizito, Herbert Achai, Charles Lwanga, Juma Balinnya
Preview – Red Eagles Hunt For League And Cup Double Sees KCCA Visit Wankulukuku
Express FC have been the surprise package in Uganda football this season and continue to impress.
The Red Eagles who have struggled in the last few years are on course to winning a league and cup double this campaign.
Wasswa Bbosa’s side currently sit top of the Uganda Premier league courtesy of a one-point lead with just four games to play.
They are also in the quarter final of the cup where they will host KCCA in the first leg at Wankulukuku on Wednesday.
They come into the game in good form having won their last five games.
The 10-time joint record cup winners have be magnificent at both ends of the pitch in that period, scoring 14 goals and conceding just three.
Ahead of the game, Bbosa says they are ready but noted the respect they have for KCCA.
“The league break is here but we have the Uganda cup to play. We have been preparing for KCCA, they are one of the clubs who have dominated the cup because they have the same number of cup titles like us. They are also a decent team with good players and coaches. Many think it is going to be an easy game but it won’t. However, we have prepared the boys well and they are aware we must win our home games but most importantly need to win the first leg for motivation into the second.” Bbosa said.
KCCA have indeed been dominant in the cup especially in the last few years.
The Kasasiro Boys have won two of the past three competitions but will go into Wednesday’s game as underdogs after a turn of events has seen them struggle.
They have seen several key players move on in search of greener pastures and a serial winner in manager Mike Mutebi depart and replaced by Morley Byekwaso.
Byekwaso has had an average start to his tenure as head coach, overseeing indifferent results since his appointment.
However, he has been lethal in the cup, winning all four of his contest.
The game against Express is another test for how far KCCA have progressed under Byekwaso but no one will skin them even if they lose on Wednesday, considering that Express are arguably the best side in the country at the moment.
This will be the 24th meeting between the two sides since December 2010.
In the past 23 match-ups, KCCA have triumphed on nine occasions, Express four with the other 10 all ending in draws.
KCCA are currently on a four-match unbeaten run against Express FC including a 1-1 draw when the two sides met earlier this season.