Shafiq Bisaso Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Match Day 16: Saturday, 10th February 2018:

  • Onduparaka Vs Express – Green Light Stadium, Arua (4 p.m)
[/media-credit] Ceasar Okhuti celebrates the match winner against Express Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Back then, to be precise on 20th October 2017, a former Express player Samson Ceasar Okhuti struck with an acrobatic overhead volley deep in added time as Onduparaka condemned the home side (Express) 2-1 at the Mutesa II Wankukukuku stadium.

The classic strike broke the hearts of many Express faithfuls including players, officials and the 12th man in the terraces.

Four months later, the two sides are facing off in the second round encounter at the intimidating Green Light stadium in Anyivu county, Arua.

As the two sides face off on Saturday, a massive 14 points lie adrift the two clubs.

Fourth placed Onduparaka have 25 points to Express’ 11 as the Red Eagles linger second from bottom in the relegation zone.

From the time the two sides faced off, a lot of water has gone under the drain.

First things first, Express changed the outlook of their technical wing with Shafik Bisaso replacing Deogratius Bamweyaana as head coach.

Bisaso has since gone five games without any win.

[/media-credit] Under fire Shafiq Bisaso. He is targeting his first point at Express when the Red Eagles visit Arua to face Onduparaka on Saturday Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

The game on Saturday will be equally important to the coach as well as the entire club fraternity.

The two clubs have changed released a couple of players in the January window.

Striker Alfred Leku was released by Onduparaka and he crossed to Express, on loan from Vipers.

Onduparaka brought on board John Wesley Kisakye, Jamal Malish and Moses Ndawula.

Express let go of some players as well, most notably striker Daniel ‘Muzei’ Sserunkuma who penned a two year deal at Vipers Sports Club.

They however, recruited massively with former SC Villa player Ayub Kisaliita, Leku, Joseph Ssemujju, Zimula Jalilu, Isaac Kisujju Onyango and Shafik Nana Kakeeto.

[/media-credit] Davis Mayanja in action against Onduparaka during the first leg Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Key players:

Onduparaka’s  collective 12th man in the terraces aside, the Caterpillars also boost of crafty left footed winger Viane Ssekajugo, fearless teenager Ezra ‘Dead Rubber’ Bidda, the ever green

The Red Eagles will look to the on form Michael Birungi for the much needed goals.

Birungi recently scored a hat-trick in Express’ 6-0 home against Kachumbala stars in the Uganda Cup.

Other key Express players will be goalkeeper Godwin Bbule, midfielder Davis Mayanja as well as new signings Isaac Kisujju and Joseph Ssemujju.

Delays in securing Brunno Sserunkuma keeps the left footer out for the time being at Express.

The match will be handled by Ronald Kirangwa, assisted by Catherone Nagadya and Marex Nakitto.

Match Officials:

  • Center Referee: Ronald Kirangwa
  • 1st Assistant Referee: Catherine Nagadya
  • 2nd Assistant Referee: Marex Nakitto
  • Fourth Official: Siraje Mpyangu
  • Match Assessor: David Davis Katabira

Other Fixtures:

  • Police Vs Mbarara City – Mandela National Stadium, Namboole
  • Proline Vs Kirinya-Jinja S.S – Star Times Stadium, Lugogo
  • Sports Club Villa Jogoo Vs Maroons – Masaka Recreational Stadium, Masaka
  • Soana Vs Vipers – Kavumba Recreational Stadium
  • BUL Vs URA – Kakindu Stadium, Jinja
  • Masavu Vs UPDF – Fisheries Training Institute, Entebbe

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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