Reckless Express Exposed By Rejuvenated Kiira

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Uganda Premier League Results

Bul 1-1 Sadolin Paints

Express 0-2 Kira Young

URA 1-1 Bright Stars

Police 3-0 Rwenshama

SC Villa 1-0 Soana

Lweza 0-1 SC Victoria University

Entebbe 0-1 Simba

Express' Waswa Bbosa
Express’ Waswa Bbosa

Wasswa Bbosa spoke immediately after this damaging 2-0 Uganda Premier League defeat of “not doing enough to win at home”. If you think that assessment of things detracts from the effectiveness of Kiira Young’s collective performance then consider that the visitors had 4 attempts on target and scored with two. Paul’s side were efficient in front of goal, no doubt, but cannot be said to have enjoyed enough of the game to undo Express FC. No, he Red Eagles did that to themselves on Friday at Wankulukuku.

“We created a lot of chances but we were not effective on opening day. We are disappointed but will have to improve in the next game.”,” Bbosa said. “You have to do it at home, we hope to win home games atleast. It was not enough.”

From individual errors to an absence of responsibility and lapses in concentration, there was little to cheer in this Express FC display and, instead, only evidence that they cannot simply rely on home crowds and pedigree to earn points. While the standard of attacking play was approaching sensational at times, elsewhere the Red Eagles were anything but. They gave away two well-taken second half goals from Brian Nkuubi and substitute Bright Haguma and every time it looked like they were about to get away from Kiira, they tripped themselves up. That is the chief question that Wasswa Bbosa now must solve – how to stop the self-sabotage.

Still on the opening UPL day, 4 other games had been played at 4 different venues. 16 record league leaders, SC Villa won 1 – 0 at their new Mityana Ssaza grounds in a match watched by FUFA President, Eng. Moses Magogo. SC Villa’s goal was scored by Karim Ndugwa in the 25th minute of the game played in severe rainny conditions.

The Eastern derby ended 1-1 draw between Bul Jinja and Sadolin at Kakindu Stadium.

Andrew Basooma, a new recruit from Police put the league new comers in a surprise 36th minute lead before another new player for Bul, Ivan Lubaale (from relegated CRO) restored parity for the home team.

Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) survived an ambush from Kawempe giants, Bright Stars. Enterpising young forward Meddie Kakeeto, shocked the home crowd at Mehta Stadium in Lugazi with a 4th minute effort. It took the intervention of Uganda Cranes striker, Robert Sentongo to save URA from the jaws of an eminent defeat with the equaliser, 10 minutes to full time.

Two fixtures were played on Saturday evening. League debutant, Lweza lost 0 -1 to Sports Club Victoria University at Wankulukuku Stadium. Mathew Odong scored the only goal for last season’s runners up in the 36th minute.

At Nakivubo Stadium, Entebbe football club, who narrowly survived relegation last season, lost 0 – 1 to army side, Simba. It was a penalty from Gerald Bagoole that won the game for Simba, coached by Uganda Cranes goal keeping coach, Fred Kajoba.

The UPL resumes on Tuesday with match day two fixtures at different venues.

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