Ndejje University frustrate Express, fans demand for Kisala’s blood

Kefa Kisala (right) on the bench at Express. Fans were furious with him after the goal-less home draw with new comers Ndejje University

Uganda Premier League | Thursday Results

  • Express 0-0 Ndejje University
  • BUL 2-2 Nyamityobora
  • Tooro United 2-0 Bright Stars
  • Paidha Black Angels 1-1 Maroons

A section of Express Football Club fans demanded for the sacking of their head coach Kefa Kisala following the goal-less draw with league newcomers Ndejje University at Mutesa II Stadium, Wankulukuku on Thursday.

It was the closing game of the first round for the two sides that witnessed a couple of half chances created, solid defending and wasted scoring opportunities.

Express came closer to breaking the deadlock when forward Michael Birungi had a left footed shot hit the post with goalkeeper Eric Kibowa seemingly beaten towards the closing stages of the fairly attended match.

The home side, missing star players Eric Kambale and Badru Nsubuga looked sharp with defender Isaac Mutanga, Birungi and Odur failing to convert the few scoring opportunities created.

Express also lost utility player John Revita through injury before his place was taken over by Shafik ‘Nana’ Kakeeto.

Ndejje University too would have at least scored a goal but former Vipers player Emmanuel Wasswa and Samuel Matovu did not carry their goal scoring boots.

The visiting team goalkeeper Eric Kibowa was named the man of the match, pocketing Shs 100,000/=.

Ndejje University head coach Raymond Komakech was delighted with at least a point earned from the match.

We were solid throughout the match because the players obliged to the guidelines set. I am happy for the point from a giant club as Express. We have to plan afresh for the second round and we need at least 5 players to beef up the team

Raymond Komakech, Ndejje University Head coach

Express’ Kefa Kisala cast the blame game to missed scoring moments and a a few injuries.

There was the urge to create and score throughout the match but the execution was poor. I am not happy for the performance. We would have scored at least a goal. We missed a player like Eric Kambale who can make use of the ball well in the final third

Kefa Kisala, Express FC Head coach

This was Express’ 6th draw in 15 matches, improving them to 7th on the log with 21 points.

Ndejje University ends the first round in their debut season with just 9 points as they seat second from bottom of the 16 team log.

After the game, a section of Express fans in the stands chorused for the urgent sacking of head coach Kefa Kisala.

They were only calmed down by the club chairperson Kiryowa ‘K.K’ Kiwanuka who assured them of reinforcing the current squad with five players in the secondary transfer window.

I am meeting with the technical team on Friday (11th January 2019) to discuss the progress of the first round. Let us give management time. We plan to beef up the team with 5 players during the January window.

Kiryowa Kiwanuka

Team Line ups:

Express XI: Ronald Mutebi (G.K), Charles Lubega (Joel Male), Disan Galiwango, John Revita (Shafik Kakeeto), Isaac Mutanga, Pius Mbidde, Davis Mayanja, Ibrahim Kayiwa, Michael Birungi, Mubarak Nsubuga, Tony Odur

Ndejje University XI: Eric Kibowa (G.K), George Akena, Isaa Mubiru, Edward Kabona, Ronald Odokonyero, Paul Ddumba, Deboss Kalama, Samuel Matovu, Robert Eseru (Bernard Katetemera), Emmanuel Wasswa (Baden Mujahid), Isaac Muyanja (Ronald Sekubomba)

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