Friday, February 18
•Busoga United vs Express FC – Kakindu (4pm)
•UPDF FC vs Vipers SC – Bombo (2pm)
- Busoga United welcome back Anthony Mayanja who has recovered from a groin injury.
- Coach Abbey Kikomeko also returns to the dugout after missing the Onduparaka game.
- Express FC will miss the services of club captain Enock Walusimbi who is engaged with team FUNDI tour in Spain.
- Arthur Kiggundu still sidelined while Eric Kambale has not returned to training yet
*Busoga United XI – Nantamu Micheal (GK), Mwere Nicholas, Onzima Peter, Mwande Charles, Ngonde Elvis, Ngalo Fredrick, Bithum Douglas, Wangoma Isaac, Ssekulime Paul, Anwar Ntege, Shaka Ssozi.
*Express FC XI – Mutakubwa Joel (GK), Bukenya Deus, Sekyembe Sadiq, Murushid Juuko, Isa Muzeeyi Lumu, Kasozi Nicholas, Lwesibawa Godfrey, Yaya Mahad Kakooza, Musiige Charles, Senkaaba George, Martin Kizza
*Preview: Express FC start life without Coach Bbosa
Express FC will play their first game since the sacking of head coach Wasswa Bbosa as they visit wounded Busoga United in the Uganda Premier League match at Kakindu Stadium in Jinja.
The Red Eagles will have James Odoch, former Bbosa’s assistant on the touchline, and the former Express player will be eyeing a strong start.
Odoch has dubbed it a tougher tie as he will be facing relegation threatened Busoga United at their home in Jinja.
“The game is going to be tough, my history tells me we’ve always had a tough time when playing away in the East,” Odoch said on Thursday.
“Busoga is a good team despite their league position but according to the training we’ve done, the boys are in good shape and I believe we shall win the game.”
Busoga United, recently into the news over administration wrangles, will be expected to put their off field woes behind as they target maximum points.
The side, seated second from the bottom, are two points adrift of safety and will bank on home support at Kakindu.
Coach Abbey Kikomeko will seek to benefit from a recent slump in form for the visitors to earn his side who are winless in last three, to get a result.
In the first round meeting, Kambale scored a brace as Express beat Busoga United 4-0 in December last year at Wankulukuku.
*Head to Head
*Express 4-0 Busoga
*Busoga 0-4 Express
*Express 1-0 Busoga
*Busoga 2-0 Express
*Express 1-2 Busoga
*Express 2-1 Busoga
*Busoga 1-0 Express
*Busoga 2-0 Express
*Express 0-0 Busoga
*Busoga 0-1 Express
*Express 1-1 Busoga