Express, UPDF play for safety | Uganda Premier League

Uganda Premier League:

  • Tuesday, 17th April 2018
  • Express Vs UPDF
  • At Mutesa II Wankulukuku Stadium (4:30 pm)
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Express FC players celebrate triumph over Mbarara City last week. Alfred Leku scored the lone goal on the day on a muddy Wankulukuku surface

Express Football Club has a chance to skip the relegation red-line for the first time in three weeks if they attain maximum points in their home match against another relegation fighting outfit, Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) F.C.

The two sides shall lock horns at the Mutesa II Wankulukuku Stadium in one of the four Uganda Premier League matches lined up on the day.

UPDF in their immediate past match fell 2-0 to the reigning champions Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), in a match the footballing soldiers finished with 10 men because of a red card accruing from two bookable offences to midfielder Sulaiman Majanjalo.

On the other hand, Express gritted their teeth to out-muscle visiting Mbarara City Football Club 1-0 courtesy of midfielder David Ndihabwe’s goal.

Shafiq Bisaso, head coach at Express F.C is pretty sure, the desperate fight for relegation is a reality and they face the game with caution.

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Shafik Bisaso issues instructions to the 19 year old midfielder Muhammed Sharif Ochaya during Express’ game at Wankulukuku stadium

Bisaso, who formerly handled Fire Masters, Proline, KJT Rwenshama and lately SC Villa Jogoo believes;

We have been training so hard because we believe we can pull off descent results in the remaining matches and survive the relegation monster

His counterpart at UPDF, Steven Bogere is in the same school of thought;

UPDF lost away to KCCA last Monday but that was an eye opener. We have to correct all the mistakes before we face Express. We need to win every game presented in our midst to survive the mathematics of being relegated.

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Steven Bogere the head coach at UPDF FC

Key Players:

UPDF has a good goalkeeper in Bashir Ssekajja who has equal sound cover in Denis Ssekitoleko, Johnson Lumansi, Emmanuel Egau and Joseph Othieno.

Left footed talisman Ezikiel Katende proves the creativity with potent players as Joseph Jjanjali, teenager Abdunoor Lukwata, veteran Robert Nakyenalire, Faisal Kiberu, Sydney Ssenyonga and the hard working Mustafa Dongo.

Definitely Sulaiman Majanjalo starts his two match ban with the away duel to Express.

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UPDF’s tried and tested forward Robert Nakyenalire celebrates a league goal

UPDF’s sharp sword will equally be matched to the task with the likes of the utility Ayub Kisalita, Omar Hitimana, Julius Ntambi, Jalilu Zimula and the goalkeeper Godwin Bbule.

Express’ fully packed midfield has the magical left footed Davis Mayanja, towering Muhammed Sharif Ochaya, David Ndihabwe, Joseph Ssemujju who will feed the robust and gangly center forward Alfred Leku.

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Express’ teenage midfielder Davis Mayanja (right) dribbles during the match against Soana. Express won 4-0

Steven Luswata and Michael Birungi are big doubts following acts of indiscipline.

Express is currently 14th on the 16 team log with 22 points off 23 games.

On the other hand, UPDF would wish to win and stay away from the relegation politicking since they have attained 25 points from 24 matches.

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