Saturday, September 23
•BUL Vs KCCA – Njeru
•Express Vs Mbarara City – Wankulukuku
•Wakiso Giants Vs Bright Stars – Wakissha
- Express confirmed the return of captain Allan Kayiwa who has inked a short term contract with the Club
- No injury problems but the Red Eagles will work against time to secure licenses for most of the players before kickoff.
- For Mbarara City, Pius Kaggwa travelled but still has license issues
- Stephen Othieno (hamstring), Ronald Edwok (joint) and Jungu Methodius are sidelined
•Express – Abdul Kimera, Andrew Kaggwa, Arthur Kiggundu, Issa Lumu, Derrick Ngoobi, Emmanuel Wasswa, Hussein Ssenoga, Joshua Musoke, Marvin Oshaba, Sheif Batte, Allan Kayiwa
Mbarara City – Wycliff Manja, Innocent Wafula, Ivan Otude, Bakali Magumba, Francis Odongo, Richard Wandyaka, Jamir Kisitu Nvule, Yunus Sibira, Henry Kitegenyi, Seiri Arigumaho, Joseph Akandwanaho
Preview: Can Express Get off the Mark?
Express start their 2023/24 Uganda Premier League campaign with a home game against Mbarara City at Wankulukuku.
The Red Eagles had their match-day One tie against KCCA postponed due to the latter’s engagement in CAF Confederation Cup.
That postponement has been a blessing in disguise for the Red Eagles who have been behind schedule in terms of preparations.
This side finished 10th with 34 points last campaign, a lowly position for a side that two seasons back won the league title.
Per their transfer business, they have not done much to arouse their fans, and another average season seems to be on the card.
Their biggest move has been retaining Captain Allan Kayiwa whose contract expired at the end of last season.
But they will take no credit for Kayiwa’s stay as the Winger just failed to get a lucrative move outside the Country.
Whether Kayiwa can repeat last season’s heroics where he took the Golden boot, remains to be seen.
Anwar Ntege, Denis Otim, Joseph Dhata, Boban Zirintusa, Faisal Ssekyanzi, Joseph Akandwanaho among others all left the club.
The new signings include Seif Batte and Alpha Ssali, Emmanuel Wasswa, Isaac Wagoina, Andrew Kawooya, John Asiimwe and Martin Ssenkooto.
Mbarara City on the other hand, lost their opener 1-0 against NEC at Kakyeka to mark their return with a sad note.
As they visit Wankulukuku, Coach Wasswa Bbosa and Akandwanaho will be the limelight having been at the club recently.
Head to Head
*Mbarara City 0-0 Express
*Express 2-0 Mbarara City
*Express 1-1 Mbarara City
*Mbarara City 1-1 Express
*Express 0-1 Mbarara City
*Mbarara City 2-3 Express
*Express 0-0 Mbarara City
*Mbarara City 3-1 Express
*Express 1-0 Mbarara City
*Mbarara City 1-0 Express