Express FC produced a stellar performance to oust St Mary’s Nabweru in a round of 64 Uganda Cup encounter at Betway Muteesa II Stadium, Wankulukuku.
Frank Ssenyondo, Dissan Galiwango and Doka Mweru ensured the Red Eagles storm round of 32 in style.
The Red Eagles have won the Uganda Cup a joint record 10 times with KCCA FC.
Here are the three takeaways from a less eventful affair on Sunday.
Related: How Express beat St Mary’s Nabweru
Ssimwogerere, Fans Parallel
Express FC coach George Ssimwogerere and the club fans have fallen out completely. It’s a relationship that will not be mended.
Ssimwogerere reported the club fans to Police accusing them of breaking his car side mirror among other damages after the game against Police. On Friday, one of the fans, commonly known as Mmamba, was arrested by Katwe/Kabowa police.
During the Uganda Cup game on Sunday, the fans had more reasons to hate Sim despite the team leading 2-0 at halftime.
They kept on cheering Nabweru team and constantly directed verbal attacks to Coach Sim, on a day many expected to be one for celebrating a rare win. Chants of Sim tuviire (Sim out) were reluctantly heard after the final whistle.
Wankulukuku Not Bad As We Thought
Express FC left Wankulukuku after the stadium was banned from hosting league games because of its poor state last year.
The club hosted at FUFA Technical centre in Njeru and have in the second round moved to Kavumba Recreation centre.
On Sunday, Wankulukuku looked in good condition, the bare patches are no longer visible and we can reliably conclude that the stadium is just fit to host a league game.
Whether Express FC will pick interest and return to their ‘Cathedral’, remains to be seen.
Villa’s Kaziba In Attendance To Take Notes
Express’ next engagement will be against SC Villa on Wednesday at Namboole and it was no surprise when the Jogoos coach Edward Kaziba was in attendance at Wankulukuku on Sunday.
He might have got the right notes as Express put their best lineup on the pitch, with just two inevitable changes from the team that beat Proline 3-0 in the league – Frank Kalanda and Dissan Galiwango returning in place of Denis Sserukwaya and Ivan Ocholit.
Villa will be seeking to complete a double against Express after winning the reverse fixture 1-0, courtesy of a goal from Ambrose Kirya, at Wankulukuku.
Express will be looking for their first win as visitors against Villa since beating the side 2-0 in 2014.