Saturday, August 14
*Losers Match: KMKM (Zanzibar) Vs Azam (Tanzania), 4pm
*Final: Express (Uganda) Vs Nyasa Big Bullets (Malawi), 7pm
Express FC will be going for another silverware when they face Malawian guests Nyasa Big Bullets in the CECAFA Kagame Cup final.
The match at Benjamin Mkapa stadium in Dar-es-Saalam is a repeat of a Group A encounter that saw both sides share spoils in a 1-1 draw.
Despite taking the lead through Muzamiru Mutyaba’s earlier strike in the fifth minute, Express were pegged back when Chiukepo Msowoya levelled matters in the second-half for the guests.
Both sides managed to come out of Group A to book places in the semifinal, with the Red Eagles qualifying as Group winners.
In the semis, Express beat KMKM 2-1 thanks to Mutyaba and a late Eric Kambale penalty while Nyasa Big Bullets, after a 2-2 draw even after extra time, needed shootouts to eliminate Azam in a 4-2 penalty victory and hence storm the final.
Red Eagles Seek To Fly Higher
Road to Final:
*Express 1-0 Atlabara
*Express 1-1 Nyasa Big Bullets
*Express 3-1 Young Africans
*Express 2-1 KMKM (Semis)
Express FC will be hoping to walk into the footsteps of KCCA FC who went on to win the title in 2019 in the last edition hosted in Kigali, Rwanda.
If this comes to pass, this will be their first CECAFA Kagame Cup title in history having lost twice in the final.
They were beaten 2-1 by Al-Merrikh (Sudan) in 1994 and also lost to Simba (Tanzania) the following year.
Saturday presents Express FC’s best chance to make amends, and the tag ‘regional champions’ is within sight for the Uganda Premier League winners.
Coach Wasswa Bbosa will fancy his chances but must have to complete the job without dangerman Godfrey Lwesibawa who is still injured.
Lwesibawa’s absence means that Express FC loses a player who is creative and brings energy going forward.
However, Bbosa will be confident that he still has enough in his armoury to reach the finish line. In fact, Express beat KMKM in the semifinal without Lwesibawa.
Martin Kizza will be asked to be more aggressive, George Ssenkaaba to be more clinical while Muzamiru Mutyaba and Eric Kambale have to be at their best as well if the Red Eagles are to find the back of the net.
Express FC’s main issue throughout this tournament has been the rate at which they fail to convert the chances but Nyasa Big Bullets also tried to expose their backline as well in the Group A meeting.
Express FC Probable XI – Joel Mutakubwa, Enock Walusimbi, Arthur Kiggundu, Murushid Juuko, Issa Lumu, Abel Eturude, Mahad Yaya, Muzamir Mutyaba, Martin Kizza, Eric Kambale, George Ssenkaaba.
Nyasa Big Bullets Continue To Impress
Road To Final
*Nyasa 1-1 Express
*Nyasa 1-1 Young Africans
*Nyasa 2-0 Atlabara
*Nyasa 2(4)-(2)2 Azam (Semifinal)
Nyasa Big Bullets, based in Blantyre, Malawi, are a guest team who are using the tournament to prepare for the CAF Champions League.
The side have learnt their fate at the forthcoming qualifiers where they will face Amazulu of South Africa in the preliminary round as they hope to return to groups since 2004.
The Nyasa Big Bullets head coach Peter Mponda will be hoping that the tournament has given him enough test before their continental adventure.
They know that they are still 90 minutes away from triumph and will be seeking to continue punching above weight in their first appearance in CECAFA.
Against Express, Nyasa will be facing a side they know better having drawn 1-1 in their first group game. They showed that fighting spirit after going down very early and you expect them to continue battling hard.
Nigerian Babatunde Adepoju will be the driving force for Nyasa thanks to his electric pace.
Nyasa are the most successful club in Malawi having won the league a record 14 times, and currently lead the standings back home.
Nyasa Big Bullets Probable XI – Ernerst Kakhobwe, Eric Kaonga, Nickson Nyasulu, Miracle Gabeya, Chimango Kayira, Gomezhani Chirwa, Benson Manyozo, Chimwemwe Idana, Mcfarlane Mg’wira, Babatunde Adepoju, Bright Munthali.
How To Watch – Match will be broadcast live on Azam Sports 2 TV