Express FC were finally handed their 2020/21 Uganda Premier League crown on Tuesday morning.
In an event without much pomp, the Red Eagles scientifically recieved their league title at StarTimes Uganda offices at Soliz house.
There was less glitter and thrill at the function that is normally performed on the pitch with the winning squad and fans buzzing as fireworks explodes in the background.
All this was hindered by the Covid19 induced lockdown.
Express FC, represented by assistant captain Mathias Muwanga, and Wasswa Bbosa, CEO Isaac Mwesigwa, Board member Ssuubi Kiwanuka among other officials, recieved the league trophy from FUFA President Moses Magogo and StarTimes CEO Franklin Wang.
“It has not been a simple journey, I have worked for this like for about four seasons ago,” Bbosa said on winning his first title as a head coach.
“I dedicate this to the late Manager Kinobe. We tirelessly worked all day to see this become a sucess. Its my first time and I am happy.”
Express were declared league champions on June 29 when FUFA applied Force Majeure due Covid-19 induced lockdown.
Express FC Board Member Ssuubi Kiwanuka, brother to Chairman Kiryowa Kiwanuka stated: “Its a pleasure to win this league title, thanks to StarTimes, you know these things of sponsorship are not easy.”
“It has been a very interesting journey and we are happy. We intend to be in this position in every season. We want to raise the Uganda flag high. We are coming back next season stronger.”
Wang stated that StarTimes is “very proud” to associate with Ugandan football.
Express FC – Deserved Champions
Express FC were top of the table with 58 points, one and two points above URA and Vipers who are second and third respectively.
The Red Eagles were excellent throughout despite starting the campaign as outsiders, with KCCA and Vipers as favourites.
They beat rivals URA FC home and away and picked four points against Vipers including a rare win at Kitende.
Coach Wasswa Bbosa turned everything into gold right from the transfer season to his tactical approach to the games.
The defence, manned by Enock Walusimbi and Murushid Juuko has been solid but much credit will go to striker Eric Kambale who has been flawless for a side that lost George Ssenkaaba midway through the season.
This, is Express FC’s seventh league title, their first since 2011.
Founded in 1957, the title sees Express book a ticket to CAF Champions League.