Goalkeeper Tonny Kyamera comes to Onduparaka after serving at Buddo SS and Express
Goalkeeper Tonny Kyamera played as a central defender for Express against Onduparaka

Uganda Premier League 2018/19 (Match Day 30 Results):

  • Onduparaka 0-0 Express
  • Kirinya-Jinja S.S 0-0 Ndejje University
  • Mbarara City 2-0 Police
  • Tooro United 0-0 URA
  • SC Villa 6-0 Nyamityobora
  • KCCA 6-1 Maroons
  • Bright Stars 6-1 Paidha Black Angels
  • Vipers 1-0 BUL    

A hard battling 10 man Express Football Club earned a precious point over Onduparaka at the intimidating Green Light Stadium in Arua on the final day of the 2018/19 season.

The physical contest ended goal-less with both sides failing to find the back of the net.

Well aware of the Uganda Cup duty coming up in a few day’s time, Express FC head coach George Ssimwogerere named largely a second string side with goalkeeper Tonny Kyamera playing in defence.

Exciting teenager Billy Nkata started in midfield and Davis Mayanja was named captain as John Revita was among the players rested.

Referee Paul Omara sent off midfielder Ibrahim Kayiwa for a second bookable offence in the 66th as the Red Eagles endured the last 24 minutes with a man less.

Kayiwa had earlier being booked in the 44th minute at the stroke of half time.

Two other Express players Sadiq Ssekyembe and goalkeeper Ronald Mutebi were also cautioned in the 77th and 95th minutes respectively.

Three Onduparaka players got booked for unsporting display.

Midfielder Gadafi Wahab, defender Faizul Ibrahim and striker Ceaser Okhuti, a former Express player were all cautioned for wrong doing.

Onduparaka midfielder Solomon Okwalinga was named the pilsner man of the match.

Onduparaka played to their 9th draw of the season, dropping a slot to 6th on the 16 team log as they ended the season with 45 points, one point shy of Mbarara City who beat Police 2-0 in Mbarara.

Express, too, dropped one place to 10th having played to their 10th stalemate, recording 10 wins and losses apiece – luck to hit the 40 points mark, away from the previous season’s blushes.

The Red Eagles will quickly switch their attention to the Uganda Cup semi-final duel against Bright Stars at Mutesa II Wankulukuku Stadium this coming Thursday.

The first leg at the Champions Stadium ended one goal apiece.

Match Officials:

  • Center Referee: Paul Omara
  • Assistant Referee 1: Dick Okello
  • Assistant Referee 2: Tonny Agir
  • Fourth Official: Deogracious Opio
  • Referee Assessor: David Davis Katabira

The resilience was out of this world even when we went down to 10 men. That usually happens when the players are well prepared

James Magala, Express FC Assistant Coach
James Magala addresses the media in Arua after the goal-less draw with Onduparaka (Photo: Express FC Media)

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

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