- Express joined Sadolin Paints and Paidha Black Angels in the last four of Uganda Cup
- They last won the competition in 2007 under Sam Ssimbwa
Express coach Matia Lule admitted his side had lady luck smiling their way after edging URA at Mehta Grounds, Lugazi to reach the semi-finals of the Uganda Cup.
The Red Eagles, record Cup winners with 10 trophies, won a penalty shootout 7-6 after a 1-1 draw after extra time thanks to Mahad Kakooza strike that cancelled out Allan Munaaba well headed goal.
“In football and penalties to be particular, you need luck,” he told Kawowo Sports after the game. “But luck favours the prepared one and we just did that,” he added.
Matia, whose side were fortunate to take the game to extra time after the hosts missed chance after chance in normal and extra time, said he doesn’t care which side they draw in a two-legged semi-final clash.
Unfortunately, we have no powers to decide who we play but we are ready for any opponent.
When tasked to reveal whether he feels winning the competition is now realistic with just three games away, he said.
For us it’s each game at a time. We want to go as far as we can in the competition.
Express last won the competition in 2007 under Sam Ssimbwa when they defeated KCCA in a post-match penalty shootout.