Express FC welcome Vipers SC at Wankulukuku Stadium
Star Times UPL
Express FC v Vipers SC
Express FC dodged a semifinal engagement with high flying Vipers SC at FUFA Technical Centre at Njeru but they have no way out but to confront the Venoms this Saturday in a Uganda Premier League fixture.
The Red Eagles have scored only one goal and won one in the Startimes UPL ahead of their crunch tie against Vipers SC at Wankulukuku stadium.
Wasswa Bossa’s side has been porous at the back and leaked three goals in their three opening fixtures. And are not playing a watchable game.
And the side they are welcoming at Wankulukuku plays attractive and fast football under Brazilian Robertinho. They have scored 7 goals and conceded nothing in two games.
Vipers SC have two lethal attackers in Yunus Ssentamu and Caesar Manzoki who are scoring for fun. The Cranes forward bagged four goals in his side’s most recent UPL fixture against Wakiso Giants.
In his aftermath interview, he appeared in a buoyant mood ahead of Saturday’s fixture: “Well it’s nice obviously. I will try to carry on like that, to finish the good job of the team. I am pleased to help the team win and obviously to score these four goals.”
Express FC also have the burden of Congolese striker Caesar Manzoki who has buried his injury problems scoring in Vipers SC opening games against Police FC and Wakiso Giants. Manzoki will want to continue his goal scoring form against the Red Eagles.
Wasswa Bossa who has been serving suspension due to his touchline antics with match officials has accused the men in black of ignoring his sides appeals for penalties will have to question the slow start to the season.
His team has lost the energy and exciting attributes of last season that saw them crowned champions and go on to the regional level to walk away with the Kagame Cup Championship.
The Wankulukuku outfit have lost a key pillar in Muzamilu Mutyaba to Rwanda giants Kiyovu FC, creating a huge vacuum at the heart of their midfield.
Mutyaba, fished from KCCA FC weighed in on assists and added his name to the club’s goals.
While Express FC are seeing off their creative spark, Vipers SC have welcomed Bright Anukani who has hit the ground running with two assists in the game against Wakiso Giants.
The midfield will play a huge role in this fixture with Vipers SC already looking stronger with match winning star Bobosi Byaruhanga, Milton Karisa and David Bagoole plus the vibrant Karim Watambala.
New signings Nicholas Kasozi and Deus Bukenya are yet to settle in forcing Bossa to continue to rely on John Byamukama who scored the lone goal the last time the two teams met. Congolese Eric Kambale is yet to hit the net but if he is to announce his arrival this season, then this is the game to do it.
Murusheed Juuko improved the Red Eagles on his arrival from Tanzania but his backline has started on wrong footing leaking 3 goals so far. They can’t afford to sleep against ruthless Vipers SC strikers.
Bashir Asiku and Livingstone Mulondo have coined a ball playing and unplayable backline that has become the envy of the league. Twice against stubborn Police FC and then Wakiso Giants, the pair has proved reliable. Mulondo has earned a Cranes call up as a result of his defensive displays for Vipers SC.
Vipers SC look more advantaged ahead of this fixture, however, Express FC will look to the home ground to revive their season with a point or win.
Award winning journalist and writer who has worked as a stringer for a couple of acclaimed South Africa based German journalists, covered 3 Ugandan elections, 2008 Kenya election crisis, with interests in business and sports reporting.