Newly promoted Gaddafi FC continued their preparations for their debut season in top flight with a draw against defending champions Express FC.
In a game played on Tuesday morning at Wankulukuku, Gaddafi FC looked an improved side from the team that lost 2-0 to Vipers last week.
Ronald Bithum and Joel Madondo both came closest to breaking the deadlock for the visitors.
“There has been some progress, and like you saw we tried to play from the back, only that we are still poor in creativity and also the player attitude is still down,” said Coach Hassan Zzungu after the game.
“We have been focussing on strength last week, I am not worried by our failure to score because we still have a month until league start and we are going to improve.”
Gaddafi beat Proline in the Big League playoffs to secure a ticket for next season’s UPL season.
With star players like Joel Madondo, Zzungu believes that Gaddafi will be a force to reckon.
He said: “Madondo is one of the best players, we expect more goals and with him, we will be able to reach where we want.
“We want to keep the team spirit high and am looking forward for the new season.”
The Red Eagles on the other hand, played with almost their second tier side as they prepare for Al-Merrikh return leg in Sudan.
Only four players – Joel Mutakubwa, Charles Musiige, Denis Mubuya and Denis Otim – who played in Gaddafi draw will make the trip to Sudan.
The Red Eagles were captained by new signing Nicholas Kasozi while defender Deus Bukenya featured in odorless encounter with Gaddafi FC.
Express FC beat Al-Merrikh 2-1 at St Mary’s Stadium in Kitende and will be looking for at least a draw to progress to the second preliminary round.