Saturday, February 10
•Express 3-4 KCCA
In a nail-biting encounter at Wankulukuku, Express succumbed to a dramatic 3-4 defeat against KCCA FC, squandering a promising lead in a seven-goal thriller.
The Red Eagles started on the back foot as Etienne Katenga struck early for KCCA, bundling in from close range following a precise delivery by Ashraf Mugume, setting the tone for a pulsating match.
However, Express swiftly retaliated, with Isaac Wagoina showcasing his aerial prowess by expertly heading in a cross from Isma Kawawulo to restore parity after the 24th minute.
As the game progressed, Express seized control, with substitute John Asiimwe capitalizing on defensive lapses to put the home side ahead before Marvin Oshaba extended their lead, capitalizing on a blunder at the back from KCCA goalkeeper Anthony Emojong and defender Joseph Ogwang.
But KCCA refused to back down, launching a spirited comeback in the second half.
Shaban Muhammad ignited hope for the visitors with a well-placed header off Ashraf Mugume’s cross, narrowing the deficit and increasing the pressure on Express.
In a tense finale, KCCA completed their remarkable turnaround, capitalizing on defensive errors to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
A goalkeeping mishap from Abubakar Yunus allowed Ashraf Mugume to equalize in the 87th minute, before Usama Arafat capitalized on more defensive frailty to secure the win just two minutes later.
Despite the exhilarating display of attacking prowess, both teams were marred by defensive vulnerabilities, with calamitous errors overshadowing moments of brilliance.
Express were left aggrieved by a contentious decision from referee Mashood Ssali, who opted to award a freekick instead of a penalty after Marvin Oshaba was kicked on the head, claiming the incident occurred outside the box.
With this crucial victory, KCCA FC climbs to 23 points, trailing Express FC by just two points in the eighth position, amplifying the intensity of the battle in the league standings.
Express – Abubakar Yunus, Ramz Kawooya, Mahad Kabogoza, Andrew Kaggwa, Alpha Ssali, Isaac Wagoina, Isma Kawawulo, Hussein Ssenoga, Marvin Oshaba, Abbel Sajjabi Muwanguzi, Isa Lumu
KCCA – Anthony Emojong, Mustafa Mujuzi, Muhammad Shaban, Etienne Katenga, Mustafa Kizza, Joel Sserunjogi, Emmanuel Alex Wasswa, Haruna Lukwago, Joseph Ogwang, Peter Lwasa