Express FC players celebrate eliminating Police FC [Photo: John Batanudde]
Express players hug goalkeeper Mathias Muwanga (in black kit) after the post match penalties. Express beat Police 4-1 to join the quarter finals. (Photo: JOHN BATANUDDE)

Uganda Cup | Round of 16

  • Express 0 (4) – 0 (1) Police
  • URA 1-2 Bright Stars

Express goalkeeper Mathias Muwanga was the hero as the Red Eagles ejected Police to book their berth in the quarterfinals of the 2018-19 Uganda Cup.

Muwanga saved two kicks from the penalty mark, guiding Express to a 4-1 post-match penalty victory following a goal-less 90 minutes of a round of 16 contest at Mutesa II Stadium in Wankulukuku on Monday.

Express Football Club scored all their four kicks through Michael Birungi, Disan Galiwango, Lawrence Kigonya and Tonny Odur.

Only Ruben Kimera found the target for Police as Juma Balinya and Edgar Bwogi, a former defender at Express, were all thwarted by the clinical Muwanga.

Throughout the 90 minutes, either side had their own share of chances.

Under the opening 60 seconds of the game, winger Michael Birungi got a chance to fire the Red Eagles ahead but his effort from an acute angle flew over the goal bar.

After 5 minutes, it was Birungi again with another mazy run on the right flank. His resultant cut back was thwarted by defender Bwogi.

Express left back Disan Galiwango tested the Police goalkeeper Mutebi from distance with a good attempt on target after 17 minutes.

On 20 minutes, there was an intelligent turn by Police forward Balinya, before he rounded up the advancing goalkeeper Muwanga but the ball was too fast to meet.

Moments later, Express left back Galiwango  had a decent run on the left flank. His intended pass to Mubaraka Nsubuga was intercepted by Joseph Ssentume.

Galiwango poked a high boot into Johnson Odongo’s face for a free-kick 25 yards away.

Arafat Galiwango’s free-kick was a disappointed of sorts as the game remained even.

On the half-hour mark, Police defender Joseph Ssentume shrugged down Mubarak Kasule and got booked. John Revita’s subsquent chip off the resultant free-kick was tapped straight to the goalkeeper Mutebi who parried the ball away for a fruitless corner.

Police captain Paul Willa was well positioned to clear a Michael Birungi goal bound shot off the line on the stroke of half time.

As the second half returned, Police called for the first change of the game. Pius Kaggwa paved way for Ruben Kimera.

Express’ Ibrahim Kayiwa shields the ball away from Police left back Arafat Galiwango. (PHOTO: JOHN BATANUDDE) Credit: John Batanudde

On the hour mark, Express lost defender Shafiq ‘Nana’ Kakeeto through injury as Lawrence Kigonya took over his slot.

Brian Umony was the second change for the home side as they pushed for fresher legs up front, taking over Mubarak Nsubuga’s slot after 66 minutes before Tonny Odur was introduced for Ibrahim Kayiwa with 13 minutes left on the clock.

The visitors made two late changes when Shakur Makeera and Simon Mbazira took over Hassan Gaata Kalega and Samuel Kayongo’s places respectively.

Ninety minutes failed to produce any goal for the two sides calling for the tense penalty lottery.

Birungi beat Mutebi with the first cheeky penalty. Kimera equalized for Police.

Galiwango gave Express the lead 2-1 as Balinya missed his kick

Lawrence Kigonya further extended the lead 3-1 with Bwogi missing his kick as well for Police.

At this moment, the crowd applauded as the prodigal son, Tonny Odur walked to the ball for the Express’ fourth attempt,

Odur made no mistake with a calm mistake making 4-1.

At this stage, it was done and dusted, Express had qualified for the quarter finals and the celebrations rolled off.

Meanwhile, Bright Stars beat URA 2-1 in the other Monday round of 16 duel.

The Red Eagles and Bright Stars thus make the grade for the quarters where they join the likes of Vipers, BUL, Nebbi Central, Wakiso Giants, Kyetume and Proline.

The winner of the Uganda Cup qualifies to play in the CAF Confederation Cup.

Team Line ups:

Express XI: Mathias Muwanga (G.K), Charles Musoke, Arthur Kiggundu, Shafiq Kakeeto (56’ Lawrence Kigonya), John Revita, Isaac Mutanga, Frank Zaga Tumwesigye, Ibrahim Kayiwa (77’ Tony Odur), Michael Birungi, Disan Galiwango, Mubaraka Nsubuga (66’ Brian Umony)

Subs Not Used: Ronald Mutebi (G.K), Charles Lubega, Pius Mbidde, Joel Male

Head coach: George Ssemwogerere

Police XI: Davis Mutebi (GK), Paul Willa (Captain), Edgar Bwogi, Joseph Sentume, Arafat Galiwango, Samuel Kayongo (91’ Simon Mbaziira), Hassan Kalega (88’ Shakur Makeera), Pius Kaggwa (46’ Ruben Kimera), Juma Balinya, Basan Safi, Johnson Odong

Subs Not Used: Denis Makoba Bigala, Sadat Kyambadde, Tonny Kiwalazi

Head Coach: Abdallah Mubiru

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

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