Mbarara City Vs Express: Team News, Probable Lineups, Preview and Stats

Friday, February 2
•Mbarara City Vs Express – Kakyeka
•Gaddafi Vs URA – Jinja
•KCCA Vs BUL – Lugogo, 6pm


Team News

  • Mbarara City will be without Henry Musisi who has a knee injury while Sadiq Ssekyembe, Amir Kakomo and Pius Wangi are set for their debuts
  • Benson Muhindo, Alex Akankwasa are yet to secure licences
  • Express start the second round without Captain Arthur Kiggundu who joined Kitara while Alex Wasswa returned to KCCA. Defender Denis Otim, Sheif Batte, Martin Ssenkooto, Jonathan Aguocha and Ashraf Mbazira were released by the club
  • New signings Yasser Mugerwa, Musa Ssali, Mansoor Safi, Kevin Ssekimbega, Edgar Katumba William and Affi Kitanda are all available

Probable Lineups

Mbarara City – Ronald Mutebi, Namasa Edward, Sadiq Ssekyembe, Bakari Magumba, Innocent Wafula, Francis Odong, Yunus Sibira, Amir Kakomo, Joseph Akandwanaho, Henry Kitegenyi, Pius Wangi

Express – Abdul Kimera, Andrew Kaggwa, Isa Lumu, Isma Kawawulo, Kitanda Affi, Musa Ssali, Yasser Mugerwa, Ramsey Kawooya, Alpha Ssali, John Assimwe, Isaac Wagoina

Preview: All Eyes on Wasswa Bbosa

Coach Wasswa Bbosa faces his former team, Express FC, drawing attention as Mbarara City encounters the Red Eagles.

Having led Express to a league title two seasons ago, Bbosa now navigates Mbarara, who finished the first round just two points above the relegation zone.

Despite concerns raised by a recent Uganda Cup upset, Bbosa’s main aim will now be to lead Mbarara City to league safety.

Recent improvements at Kakyeka Stadium prompted FUFA to overturn its hosting rights decision, and this us a huge boost for their struggle to avoid the drop.

Express, finished the first round strongly with four straight wins and hence Coach Alex Isabirye and Striker Isaac Wagoina were named the best UPL coach and player for December in that order.

Notably, midfielder Ramzy Kawooya’s retention in the January window is a highlight, amidst rumors of a potential move to Vipers as a free agent at the end of the season.

Express, bolstered by six new signings, including midfielder Yasser Mugerwa, remain confident that they can tackle a challenging title race.

Head to Head

2023/24
Mbarara City Vs Express
Express 0-0 Mbarara City

2021/22
*Mbarara City 0-0 Express
*Express 2-0 Mbarara City

2020/21
*Express 1-1 Mbarara City
*Mbarara City 1-1 Express

2019/20
*Express 0-1 Mbarara City
*Mbarara City 2-3 Express

2018/19
*Express 0-0 Mbarara City
*Mbarara City 3-1 Express

2017/18
*Express 1-0 Mbarara City
*Mbarara City 1-0 Express

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