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CECAFA: Express Thrash Young Africans To Storm Semis

Saturday, August 7
*Young Africans (Tanzania) 1-3 Express (Uganda)

Uganda Premier League champions Express FC reached the semifinals of the ongoing CECAFA Kagame Cup after a convincing victory over Tanzanian giants Young Africans.

Godfrey Lwesibwa scored the opener and assisted the third for Eric Kambale as the Red Eagles sailed to top of Group A with seven points.

Muzamir Mutyaba scored in between Lwesibawa and Kambale’s goals at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium on Saturday.

The Red Eagles will face the runners up in Group B in the semifinal on Tuesday next week.

Express needed to avoid defeat to reach the knockout, and Coach Wasswa Bbosa will be more than convinced with the team’s performance in general.

There will be lot to celebrate for Express who also handed George Ssenkaaba a long awaited return from an injury.

Lwesibawa scored the opener when he beat one defender with pace before launching a fierce left-footed effort into the roof.

Martin Kizza made the second when he cut inside from the left to set Mutyaba. The former KCCA FC midfielder freed himself from one marker before slotting low to leave the keeper helpless.

The third, coming in the 52nd minute was a beauty as well. Lwesibawa turned his defender and delivered a well weighed chip that Kambale headed home to celebrate with a CR7-trademark jump.

Express team that beat Young Africans. Cecafa media team photo

Paulo Godfrey brought one back for Young Africans with a long range drive that eluded goalkeeper Joel Mutakubwa.

The Red Eagles endured late flurry of attacks from thereafter and held on to take a deserved win.

Indomitable Express Prove Too Good For Young Africans

It was one of the best performances for Express in a long while.

They dominated proceedings and the tie was all but done just after the half-hour mark.

Just like it was against Ntasa Big Bullets and Atlabara, Express scored early into the game.

Lwesibawa whose performance in the tournament has garnered mixed views due to his failure to bury chances, scored with a powerful effort in the 13th minute.

He almost scored the second but chose to lay for Mutyaba but the latter was ambushed.

Mutyaba later doubled the lead, his second goal of the tournament. He scored the first in the 1-1 draw against Nyasa Big Bullets.

Kambale had had a quiet game before his goal. It was well worked by Lwesibawa who challenged off Jimmy Ukonde and delivered on a platter. Kambale was quick to head past an on-rushing goalkeeper Ramathan Kabwili.

Young Africans Fail To Show Up

Young Africans had a low evening to forget despite playing in front of their sparse crowd.

Dickson Ambundo got their two best chances; He shoot way over the bar from the freekick and later forced a nice save from Mutakubwa inside the opening 20 minutes.

There was nothing else to admire from Young Africans after that until Paul Godfrey’s rocket in the 70th minute to resurrect their faint hopes. But it was all that they can offer until the final whistle was greeted by silence in the crowd.

How Both Teams Started

Young Africans XI – Ramathan Kabwili, Paul Godfrey, Saleh Adeyum, Abdallah Shaibu, Dickson Job, Said Juma, Dickson Ambundo, Omar Chibanda, Wazir Junior Shentemba, Jimmy Ukonde, Waziri Mahadhi

Express XI: Joel Mutakubwa, Enock Walusimbi, Arthur Kiggundu, Murushid Juuko, Issa Lumu, John Byamukama, Mahad Kakooza, Muzamiru Mutyaba, Martin Kizza, Godfrey Lwesibwa, Eric Kenzo Kambale

Brian Kawalya

Brian Kawalya

Chief Sports Writer
Brian Kawalya is an Award winning Journalist, Director and Chief Sports Writer of The-SportsNation, covering top events and breaking some of the biggest stories.
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