Match-day 15

Friday, January 7
•Express Vs Bright Stars – Wankulukuku
•Gaddafi Vs Wakiso Giants – Gaddafi Arena

Saturday, January 8
•URA Vs KCCA – Ndejje
•Vipers Vs BUL – Kitende
•Onduparaka Vs Tooro United – Arua
•SC Villa Vs UPDF – Njeru

Sunday, January 9
•Police Vs Arua Hill – Lugogo
•Mbarara City Vs Busoga United – Kakyeka

Team News

  • Express welcome back Mahad Yaya and Nicholas Kasozi after the duo missed the trip to Tooro United
  • Murushid Juuko will need a late fitness test while Abel Eturude and Arthur Kiggundu are sidelined
  • For Bright Stars, Ivan Irinimbabazi is back from suspension
  • Emmanuel Loki, Warren Bbule and Andy Kyambadde are ruled out.

Probable Lineups

Express – Joel Mutakubwa, Enock Walusimbi, Sadiq Ssekyembe, Isa Lumu, Murushid Juuko, Mahad Yaya, Nicholas Kasozi, Godfrey Lwesibawa, Eric Kambale, George Ssenkaba, Martin Kizza

Bright Stars – Simon Tamale, Andrew Kaggwa, Simon Ssemayange, Allan Katwe, Derrick Ngobi, Ivan Irinimbabazi, Augustine Kacancu, Marvin Youngman, Methodius Jjungu, Nelson Senkatuka, Joseph Janjali

Preview: Express Fancy Chances At Home

Express left back Sadiq Sempigi. Club photo

Express will be going for all points when they Bright Stars FC in a league game at Wankulukuku.

The Red Eagles have a lot of confidence to feel that they deserve a win against Bright Stars.

First they beat Tooro United on the road in their previous game to win back to back matches for the first time this season.

“Since we returned from Fort Portal, we have tried to correct a few mistakes ahead of the game against Soltilo Bright Stars on Friday,” Express coach Wasswa Bbosa stated.

“They (Bright Stars) could be struggling but I believe they’re a decent side but we want to win the game, we want to reduce the gap between us and the table leaders.

“I would generally say we had a slow start in the beginning but that was because the players were fatigued but we’ve managed to pick ourselves up hence the good run.”

Express are also unbeaten in 12 games this season and can move joint second on the table if they beat Bright Stars!

They are yet to concede a league game at Wankulukuku in their last five games. And have won their last four games at the venue.

If given a chance, Express winger Joseph Akandwanaho will be facing his former team for the first time since signing for the Wankulukuku based side.

Bright Stars coach Simon Peter Mugerwa (left) watching his players during a warm up

The visitors on the other hand, are seated third from the bottom having collected just 10 points.

Bright Stars beat SC Villa 1-0 at Kavumba to snap their six game winless run.

The Stars have not won away from home this season, managing just two draws in their seven away games.

A positive result at Wankulukuku can change tides for their season but they will need a combined effort if they are to turn tables against the defending champions.

Bright Stars beat Express 2-1 last season in the league but had previously lost the first round tie by the same scoreline at Wankulukuku.

Frank Kalanda and Eric Kalanda scored for the Red Eagles while Augustine Kacancu had a consolation for Bright Stars.

The Stars have picked three draws from their eight League Visits at Wankulukuku!

Head To Head – League

*Bright Stars 2-1 Express
*Express 2-1 Bright Stars

*Bright Stars Vs Express (not played)
*Express 1-1 Bright Stars

*Express FC 3-1 Bright Stars
*Bright Stars 1-1 Express FC

*Bright Stars 2-1 Express FC
*Express FC 0-0 Bright Stars

*Bright Stars 0-2 Express FC
*Express FC 0-0 Bright Stars

*Express FC 2-1 Bright Stars
*Bright Stars 1-1 Express FC

*Bright Stars 1-0 Express FC
*Express FC 0-0 Bright Stars

*Express FC 1-0 Bright Stars
*Bright Stars 0-0 Express FC


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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