Bernerd Muwanga, Alfred Leku and Mahad Kakooza Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDE
  • Express 0-0 SC Villa
[/media-credit] Michael Birungi attempts to beat Nicholas Kasozi Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDE

Express stayed in the relegation zone after goalless draw with SC Villa but also dented their rivals’ slim chances of lifting the league this season.

In a highly anticipated game before kickoff, the hosts wanted to win to secure survival while the visitors were aiming at victory to close the gap on leaders Vipers.

On a soggy pitch following an afternoon downpour, the two teams didn’t create as many chances but the Red Eagles felt they could have got a penalty when Alfred Leku went down after a challenge from goalie Samson Kirya.

But referee Ronald Kirangwa, who had a good performance waved play on perhaps judging Leku to have lost the ball to Kirya before he went down.

SC Villa also asked some questions through Allan Kyambadde and Yubu Bogere but not as threatening with the pitch mainly hampering the Jogoos’ free flowing game.

Express Coach Shafik Bisaso Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDE

Two minutes after the break, Express missed a good chance when Michael Birungi attempt hit the bar and the Jogoos cleared their lines.

There was also chance for Leku midway the game after Kirya failed to tame an effort from Davis Mayanja but the long legged forward failed to connect as Kirya made corrections.

At the other end, Kyambadde beat left back Edgar Bwogi and on the byline, his cutback was met by an onrushing Mahad Kakooza whose volley went over the bar.

There was another chance for Martin Kizza also sent over the bar in similar circumstances.

SC Villa thought they had won it with five minutes to time but Yubu Bogere’s goal was ruled out for offside.

The goal had arrived after brilliant work by man of the match Nicholas Kasozi who played one two with Kizza before sending a teasing crossing into the six yard that Bogere nodded home.

At the end, the game ended goalless with both sets of fans satisfied but it owed more to the playing surface.

The Red Eagles are now on 28 points but still 3rd from bottom with two games left while SC Villa are 3rd from the top with 54 points.

Senior Staff writer at Kawowo Sports mainly covering football

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