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AUPL: JMC Fail to Honour Fixture Against Express

It was an unusual  match day at Wankulukuku  on Tuesday afternoon after Jinja Municipal Council failed to honor  their fixture against  home side Express FC in the Azam Uganda Premier League.

By 4:30 pm when the game was supposed to kick off, order only the 4 match officials and Express players were being seen on the pitch as they warmed up as the routine is.

Supporters mainly for the home team had also come in relatively big numbers plus journalists but these were left stranded as the game was never played.

A few minutes to 5pm, the match officials plus the Express players left the pitch back to the dressing room without any official communication from the Jinja based team.

Express players later resumed their usual daily training.

Speaking to journalists later, Express captain Saddam Juma said it was a big disappointment to the entire team that their rivals did not show up to honor their fixture.

“We trained and were focused for the game. Even the supporters were ready to cheer us .It is a big disappointment,” Juma said.

Match official;s leave the pitch after JMC's failure to turn up.
Match official;s leave the pitch after JMC’s failure to turn up.

He however said the players and entire team will keep their heads high and wait for the next game.

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“It has in one way helped us rest because we have played 4 games in 2 weeks. We shall stay positive and wait for the next game.”

Express coach Matia Lule said the team was ready for the challenge against the Jinja based side adding they will handle each game as it comes.

Jinja Municipal Council now have 48 hours to explain themselves to the  Uganda Premier League  in writing the reason behind  forfeiture of their  game  against Express or else they face a heavy punishment.

The Red Eagles who have a scintillating form are 4th on the Azam Uganda Premier League log on 37 points whereas the Jinja based side are languishing at the tail-end of the table with only 10 points.

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