Express FC skipper Enock Walusimbi is confident that their CECAFA Kagame Cup triumph
gives them confidence ahead of the much anticipated CAF Champions League Preliminary round first leg encounter against Al-Merreikh.
Walusimbi made the remarks while speaking to the media following their last training session at the St. Mary’s Stadium in Kitende ahead of the contest that is scheduled for Friday, September 10.
This will be the Red Eagles first time appearing on the continent after over twenty-four years of absentia. This period of no-show has seen the club drastically plummet in unimaginable ways.
“We are ready for tomorrow’s game,” the Uganda Premier League title winning captain expressed to the media.
“We respect Al-Merrick as a good team but we shall use our experience from the CECAFA Kagame Cup together with the senior players to get victory tomorrow,” he added.
Realistically, the Red Eagle’s adventure in the CECAFA Kagame Cup held in Tanzania the previous month was a success story worth writing home about.
They clinched the title courtesy of Martin Kizza’s lone goal against Malawian outfit Nyasa Big Bullets in the finals. This was by all means Express FC’s first win of the competition.
Walusimbi however expects to use that particular success as a benchmark in order to get the job done against the Sudanese giants.
He would add “The home advantage, unity and motivation we have from the CECAFA will help us to win the game.”
He will be looking to stamp his authority in the competition as he seeks to add to the milestones he has helped the team achieve as an integral member, including the Uganda Premier League and the CECAFA regional tournament.
Express have also boosted their squad with two additions of midfielder Nicholas Kasozi and former Vipers defender Deus Bukenya in a bid to make the team more competitive.
The other good news at the Wankulukuku is that head coach Wasswa Bbosa and his assistant James Odoch renewed their stay at the club for an extra year.
The second leg against Al-Merreikh will be held in a week’s time following the conclusion of the first leg at Kitende.