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UPL: Express FC Ease Past Tooro In First Home Victory

Wednesday, October 31
Express FC 2-0 Tooro United

Express FC picked their first victory at home against Tooro United in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League.

The Red Eagles won 2-0 at Muteesa II Stadium in Wankulukuku on Match day five.

Eric Kambale and Ibrahim Kayiwa scored a goal each before halftime to secure a deserved win.

The victory takes Express FC to eight points, way up to sixth on the log, level on points with Bright Stars but with a superior goal difference.

The loss leaves Tooro with just four points from five games in 12th place.

The Red Eagles celebrate scoring first goal at Wankulukuku. Express FC media photo

This is the third loss for Tooro who had earlier lost three points to KCCA and Kirinya Jinja SS.

Dominant But Wasteful

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Express FC made just two changes from their last goalless draw with BUL – Isaac Mutanga and Eric Kambale replaced Kakeeto Shafic and Nsubuga Mubarak respectively, in the first eleven.

The team looked very solid at the back and composed going forward.

Eric Kambale put Express in an early lead when he was at the end of Michael Birungi’s aerial delivery to nod home with a good header in the fourth minute.

The Express team that started. Express FC media photo

Birungi could have doubled the lead when he seemed offside to run free on goal, but his weak effort was kept out by Tooro’s stopper Meddie Kibirige.

Tooro’s custodian kept the hosts at the bay again when he came out to stop Tony Odur’s effort as the defence failed to clear from a corner.

Ibrahim Kayiwa doubled the lead – he finished off from a good run of play with Tony Odur laying the last assist.

Odur, later on nearly put the score beyond reach but his effort from Birungi’s delivery was off the target before referee Opio Deo sent the teams to restrooms.

Odur left Meddie Kibiringe crawling on the floor but his shot from the left foot went way over the bar.

Birungi also missed a keeper to beat when his effort went an inch just wide.

Tooro United FC who looked blunt going forward came close to getting a goal but Baker Buyala’s header from Allan Kayiwa’s cross was off the target.

What they said:

Express FC Coach Kefa Kisala: “I have to give credit to my players !because they exhibited a good game, it’s a good win but I urge them not to lose focus.”

Tooro’s Ayub Kizza: “It has been a difficult game for us today, we didn’t play to our best but I hope that we can make amends come our next games.”

What next:

It’s a difficult package for Express as they face a long trip to Arua to play Paidha on November 3 before hosting Vipers at Wankulukuku four days later on.

Wasswa Bbosa will look to restore parity when he hosts Onduparaka in their first game at Buhinga on November 3rd.

Teams Used:

Express FC
Mathias Muwanga, Julius Ntambi, Disan Galiwango, Isaac Mutanga, Arthur Kiggundu, Pius Mbidde, Michael Birungi, Davis Mayanja, Tonny Odur, Ibrahim Kayiwa, Eric Kayiwa.

Tooro United
Meddie Kibirige, Musa Mukasa, Fredrick Kigozi, Ayub Kizza, Issa Lumu, Mike Kawooya, Mahad Yaya Kakooza, Allan Kayiwa, Steven Luswata, Godfrey Lwesibawa, Simon Sserunkuma.

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