Friday April 14, 2017
URA Vs Express – Mehta Grounds, Lugazi @ 4.30pm
A couple of days after Express ejected URA from the Uganda Cup, the two sides meet again at the same venue, same week but different competition.
The Red Eagles, on Tuesday, won a penalty shootout 7-6 in the Cup competition following a 1-1 draw after extra time.
Although it’s hard to rule out vengeance on the part of the hosts, Coach Ibrahim Kirya has denied that but insists he needs a response from his boys.
“No doubt about who the better side was on Tuesday,” Kirya told Kawowo Sports. “But we lost and moved on. Focus now is on the league game and I call for immediate response from the boys,” he added.
It’s a different competition and different motive so there is no feeling to revenge.
The former SC Villa tactician who is yet to lose in the league has however called for effectiveness in front of goal.
They (boys) need to be clinical in front of goal this time round.
The hosts are not expected to ring many changes in the starting eleven although skipper Jimmy Kulaba and Richard Kasagga may be recalled to the starting team since they were unused on Tuesday.
On the part of Express, Coach Matia Lule missed the services of attacker Joseph Semujju but he may be recalled into the team.
Like it was on Tuesday, the six-time league champions will be without Sam Ssenkoomi, Derrick Tekkwo and Yayo Lutimba, on loan from URA as they can’t face their parent side.
- URA has won five games in a row, the first team to do so in the campaign. Express have won four on the bounce.
- Express have won only once against URA in the previous 13 league meetings. URA have won 6 while the rest have been draws.
Third on the log at the time with 39 points, URA will move to within five points of leaders with maximum points while Express, 6th with 3 points adrift of URA can move to 4th with maximum points.