TUE: 5TH/06/2012, WANKULUKUKU – 4.30PM

The Winner moves a big step closer to the league title

Fire works is expected Tuesday afternoon at Mutesa II Wankulukuku stadium when Express FC host Bunamwaya SC in a league match that may decide who to win the title this season. Both sides are level on 53 points just a point adrift of table leaders URA FC but Bunamwaya SC is above Express FC in second on goal difference. With only a game left to go after tomorrow, it will be paramount for either of sides to pick maximum points as it will be a big step closer to lifting the championship. A draw from the clash will however favor URA FC implying that if they win their game against Maroons FC they will move three points clear at the top.

EXPRESS FC TEAM NEWS:

Sam Ssimbwa will still miss the services of Baigana Bony who is on national duty with the Amavubi stars of Rwanda. However, the youthful Wankulukuku side has won a number of games with out the diminutive midfielder and thus won’t be a great miss though this is a game where a manager would need to have all his men available. Besides, the entire team is available and ready for the biggest game of their life.

Jamal Salim is expected to maintain his role between sticks despite conceding silly goals in the club’s previous game. At right back, Ssimbwa may opt for experience and field Kavulu Godfrey ahead of Makanga John like he has always done in big games. Defensive stalwarts Kasozi Bob And Katongole Henry are expected at the heart of defence with Ismail Kazibwe playing at left back.

Hashim Ssempala and Hamza Lutalo are expected to play as two holding midfielders to neutralise Bunamwaya’s hot attacking threat with skipper Willy Kavuma operating just behind Ssekisambu Erias who is expected to lead the line with Yayo Lutimba and Julius Ogwang completing the front three.

PROBABLE LINE UP:

Jamal Salim(GK), Kavulu Godfrey, Kasozi Bob, Katongole Henry, Kazibwe Ismael, Ssempala Hashim, Lutalo Hamza, Willy Kavuma, Yayo Lutimba, Julius Ogwang and Ssekisambu Erias.

MAN TO WATCH:

Kavuma Willy has led by example in the team’s last two games netting winning goals and his work rate and defence splitting passes will be relied on if the hosts are to get a good result.

BUNAMWAYA SC TEAM NEWS:

Edward Golola’s side will miss the services of striker Okhuti Ceaser (injury) and the duo of Hamza Muwonge and Walusimbi Godfrey (national duty). Joseph Ssebuliba is expected to replace Hamza in goal while Muwonge Medi will fill in for Walusimbi at right back. On form Otunga Jacob (3 goals, 4 assists in last two games) is set to replace Okhuti up front an implication that Martin Muwanga will be relegated to the bench as Luwagga Kizito and former Express FC ace Tony Odur are expected to complete the trio upfront.Marauding rightful back Wadada Nicholas, Sseku Robert and Ssali Edward are expected at the back with skipper Robert Kimuli, Hakim Ssekumba and Luzige Edgar in midfield.

PROBABLE LINE UP:

Joseph Ssebuliba (GK), Wadada Nicholas, Sseku Ronald, Ssali Edward, Muwonge Medi, Kimuli Robert (cpt), Hakim Ssekumba, Luzige Edgar, Otunga Jacob, Tony Odur and Luwaga Kizito.

MAN TO WATCH:

Otunga Jacob – He is the league’s on form player and his form has come at a perfect time in a title race. He is Bunamwaya SC’s hidden weapon.

DID YOU KNOW THIS?

– Bunamwaya’s Tony Odur, Luzige Edgar and Ssali Edward have ever played for Express FC.

– Both teams played to a 1-1 draw in the first round fixture with Luzige Edgar scoring for Express FC and Balinya Juma for Bunamwaya SC.

– Express FC last won the league title in 1996 while Bunamwaya SC’s last league triumph came in 2009.

– Denis Batte will be the centre referee for the tie.

PREDICTIONS:

Express FC has home advantage but short on experience but their hunger and passion means they have a chance against a star studded Bunamwaya SC side though it the visitors will still be strong for tge hosts. I see Bunamwaya edging this. EXPRESS FC 1-2 BUNAMWAYA SC. What is your prediction?

Senior Staff writer at Kawowo Sports mainly covering football

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