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UPL: Bright Stars, Depleted Express FC Share Spoils

Tuesday, November 13
Bright Stars 1-1 Express FC

Bright Stars and Express FC played to a one all draw in one of the three StarTimes Uganda Premier League game played at Champions Stadium, Mwererwe.

Brian Kayanja’s goal cancelled out Eric Kambale’s earlier strike as the team’s settled for a point each. Both goals came inside the first stanza.

The Red Eagles walked away the happiest for a point as the team looked the second best, despite scoring first

Brian Kayanja was on target. Bright Stars media

Express FC looked a shadow of themselves as the side missed out on four of their key players.

Tony Odour had accumulated three yellow cards, Goalkeeper Mathias Muwanga is with the Kobs team at Njeru, centre backs Arthur Kiggundu and Isaac Matanga are still sidelined with injuries.

Eric Kambale finished off Ibrahim Kayiwa’s assist to put the visitors in the driving seat at the ninth minute.

The hosts attacked in high gear with attacks plotted from the left flank with Express FC failing to deal with Dan Birikwalira’s aerial deliveries, however, Bright Stars couldn’t also capitalise on Express FC’s naivety at the back.

Bright Stars missed many chances
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Brian Kayanja had his penalty appeal denied, before Kambale was also brought down in the area minutes later at the other end of the pitch for the referee to waive play on.

In the 40th minute, Kayanja fired into the roof for the equaliser off a lose ball from Express FC captain Julius Nyambi.

Ntambi had a bad day in office the entire match. The Express defender was played at centre back, not his usual right back position, a move that was intended to fill the void left by an injured pair of Mutanga and Kiggundu.

Bright Stars could have walked away with maximum points but Nelson Ssenkatuka fired wide on various occasions, when facing the goal.

The Red Eagles lost goalkeeper Tonny Kyamera at the start of second half, and the Buddo SS kid paved way for Ronald Mutebi.

Bright Stars brought on Kokas Opejo and Jungu Methodius to improve on their attacking prowess but the visitors held on for a point.

The draw leaves Express FC in sixth place with 13 points from right games.

Bright Stars, who missed Coach Fred Kajoba (on National Team duty), moves temporarily to second place with 15 points.

Teams Used:

Bright Stars
Hamza Muwonge, Andrew Kaggwa, Innocent Assimwe, Enock Walusimbi, Farouk Katongole, Augustine Kacancu, Henry Kiwanuka, Kisekka Mahad, Nelson Ssenkatuka, Brian Kayanja, Dan Birikwalira.

Express FC
Tony Kyamera, Julius Ntambi, Disan Galiwango, Charles Musoke, Shafic Kakeeto, Pius Mbidde, Badru Nsubuga, Davis Mayanja, Ibrahim Kayiwa, Eric Kambale, Michael Birungi

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