Uganda Premier League:
- Express 2-0 BUL
When Express faced Jinja side BUL at the Muteesa II Wankulukuku stadium on Tuesday, the Red Eagles had not picked maximum points in the previous six games.
By the close of business on match day 17, the passionate fans, the players, head coach Shafik Bisaso and the rest of the technical team were smiling after a well worked out 2-0 victory.
Secondary transfer window signing Isaac Kisujju and first half substitute Michael Birungi were on the mark for Express, recording the 10th goal mark in 17 matches.
Earlier, BUL’s new kid on the block Douglas Owori had been denied by the wood work inside the opening 5 minutes of the game.
Owori’s trickery on the ball left stand in Express left back Ayubu Kisaliita confused before the former Uganda Martyr’s University center forward shot off the weaker left foot only for his effort to settle on the cross bar with Express goalkeeper Tonny Kyamera beaten.
BUL was denied a goal by first assistant referee Mark Ssonko on 10 minutes who signaled the off-side flag.
The home side suffered a set back when right winger Mubarak Nsubuga limped out and his place was taken by former KCCA and Police pacy winger Michael Birungi.
Express recovered swiftly after the opening quarter of the game. Alfred Leku, on loan from Vipers tapped narrowly wide of goal after Birungi’s industrious work on the right.
Yunus Sibira, the tormentor for Express in the first round tie at Kakindu stadium in Jinja, suffered a ham-string on the half hour mark and his place was taken by the former Jinja Municipal Council and URA forward Johnson Wakalita.
Wakalaita had a chance to test Kyamera in goal but was slower to turn and shoot after chest controlling a high ball from right winger James Otim.
Half time ended goal-less as the two sides returned to the locker-rooms.
The Red Eagles returned completely a different entity from the first half team.
Kisujju hit the wood work from 25 yards 10 minutes into the second half.
The first caution from referee Ali Kaddu went to BUL’s Patrick Sembuya for a malicious foul on Ochaya after 57 minutes.
Alfred Leku hit the resultant free-kick straight to the paraded wall, injuring a player in the process.
Yusuf Mukisa became the second BUL player to be booked on 66 minutes.
Kisujju was well positioned to give the Red Eagles the lead on 76 minutes with a well tapped in goal after Birungi’s donkey work on the left flank.
BUL technical team of Kefa Kisala, Peter Onen and David Kiwanuka reacted by withdrawing Tibita for Shaka Ssozzi but the change did not yield instant dividends.
Instead, Express doubled the lead on the stroke of full time. Leku shot inside the area, the goalkeeper Hannington Ssebwalunyo spilled the ball towards the path of a well stationed Birungi who received the gift with open hands to tap into the roof of the net for the winner.
Birungi was followed by happy teammates as he sprinted behind the goal, removing his shirt in excitement to earn a booking for the act.
This was virtually the last piece of action before full-time as Express recorded a famous win, only their fourth in 17 outings that leaves them with 15 points but glued on 15th place.
It was Shafik Bisaso’s first victory in 7 matches since taking over the Express head coach job from Douglas Bamweyana last November.
BUL on the other hand, BUL slipped to 10th on the 16 team log as they remained on 21 points, same as Mbarara City who drew goal-less with Soana in Mbarara.
Leku was named the Fortebet man of the match.
Team Line Ups:
Tonny Kyamera (G.K), Jalil Zzimula, Ayubu Kisaliita, Omar Hitimana, Julius Ntambi, Steven Luswata, Sharif Ochaya, Mubarak Nsubuga (11’ Michael Birungi), Isaac Kisujju, Alfred Leku, Joseph Ssemujju (78’ Juma Ssebaduka)
Hannington Ssebwalunyo (G.K), Abdul Mayanja (Captain), Faizo Muledhu, Willis Otongo, Yusuf Mukisa, Yunus Sibira (30’ Johnson Wakalaita), James Otim, Daniel Shabena, Patrick Sembuya, Hamis Tibita, Douglas Owori
- Center Referee: Ali Kaddu
- 1st Assistant Referee: Mark Ssonko
- 2nd Assistant Referee: Emmy Kakooza
- 4th Official: William Oloya
- Referee Assessor: Catherine Adipo
Full Tuesday Results:
- Vipers SC 2-0 Onduparaka FC
- Maroons FC 0-0 Masavu FC
- UPDF FC 1-0 Proline FC
Express FC 2-0 BUL FC
URA FC 1-0 Bright Stars FC
Kirinya Jinja SS 2-0 Police FC
Mbarara City FC 0-0 Soana FC