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CECAFA Kagame Cup: Bbosa delighted with Express FC’s resilience

Express FC Head Coach Wasswa Bbosa was full of ecstasy when commending his side’s great teamwork and resilience that saw them come from a goal behind to win their semi-finals game against KMKM at the Benjamin Mkpa stadium in Dar es Salam, Tanzania.

Ibrahim Hamad offered the halftime advantage to the Zanzibar side when his freekick was deflected into Joel Mutakubwa’s net by the Red Eagles left-back Arthur Kiggundu.

Express FC’s player of the tournament, Muzamir Mutyaba levelled matters at the start of the second half from a direct freekick at the edge of the box before Eric Kambale pounced on the opposition.

The forward converted a penalty in the dying minutes of the game following a challenge on forward Kizza. His composure and collectiveness to score the knockout punch at his side’s hour of greatest need is something to cherish by the reigning Uganda Premier League champions.

Express coach Wasswa Bbosa (middle). Express FC photo

While addressing the media at the conclusion of the game, Bbosa was quick to highlight his side’s need to concentrate as they headed for the second stanza of the game given the disorganizations in the first half courtesy of poor officiation.

“Concentration and focus on our game was essential for us as we approached the second half. We knew that it was always going to be hard to change the scoreline but our togetherness carried us over the line.” A smiley Bbosa whispered.

His excitement about his side’s progression to the final was never going to be hidden and would reassure the media that their ultimate target was clenching the tournament to bring the trophy back home.

Martin Kizza on-the-other-hand needed no invitation to describe how hard a task it was for them on the evening considering that they had to come from behind to win the game.

“It was indeed hard for us going into halftime but thanks to the coaches who managed to help us concentrate and established command to win the game in the second. We don’t take this for granted.”

Safe hands – Joel Mutakubwa (middle) with fellow goalkeepers. Express photo

The officiating in the first half was indeed horrible with a couple of undesirable incidents, most notably the barbaric scenes where KMKM players attacked the referee with a lot of aggression. Something ought to be done about this.

The Red Eagles will however patiently await to face the winner between Azam and Big Bullets in Saturday’s final at the Benjamin Mkapa stadium. This other semi-final is scheduled to take place this Wednesday 11th August 2021.

It is also imperative to remember that Malawian side Nyasa Big Bullets FC are the only side to play against Express FC and avoid defeat in this year’s tournament.


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