Wednesday, October 19
Express FC 1-1 Gaddafi
Allan Kayiwa extended his impressive start at Express despite his side’s failure to collect maximum points.
Kayiwa was on target as the Red Eagles were held to a 1-1 draw against Wasswa Bbosa’s Gaddafi in a rescheduled clash at Wankulukuku.
The winger, turned into a striker, tapped in a rebound from close range after Joseph Dhata’s well curled shot had ricocheted off the bottom post.
It was Kayiwa’s third goal in four games this season having scored against UPDF and URA FC since joining from Vipers.
The goal left Bbosa fuming as his former player at Tooro United was was seemingly in an offside position.
But Bbosa’s side finally found an equaliser when Brian Kalumba pounced in after goalkeeper Denis Otim had spilled Johnson Odongo’s freekick.
Bbosa Mark Express Return With Point
This was Bbosa’s first encounter against his former side since he was sacked in February, by a team that he had won league and Cecafa titles a season back.
The gaffer was very animated throughout the game and was seen expressing his discontent with match officials.
He was very bitter with second assistant referee Nakitto Marex for letting Kayiwa’s offside goal stand, but after the game, in a post match interview, he said that he has given the referees a benefit of doubt, calling it just a ‘mistake.’
Bbosa was forced into an early substitution when Sadiq Ssekyembe was injured, with Simon Sserunkuma brought in, and Dan Birikwaliro then pushed back at left position of defence having started in an advanced position.
Gaddafi, after a slow start, improved greatly in the second half and started to dominate possession.
But they continued to look out of answers everytime they reached into the final third, with Alex Kitata failing to trouble Express defence.
Earlier in the first stanza, Kitata had benefited from a misplaced pass inside Express half but his effort was poor and collected by Otim.
His other impact was a good cross in the area only to be skewed over by Odong.
Bbosa leaves Wankulukuku with a point, and his first goal of the season since joining Gaddafi FC having fired blanks against SC Villa (0-2) and Onduparaka (0-0).
Blunt Express Continue To Stagger
Express FC have scored three goals this season, all by Kayiwa.
It’s a worrying situation for a club whose main target-man is Anwar Ntege.
Ntege came in to fill the big boots Eric Kambale and George Ssenkaaba, and he is yet to show any glimpse of spark.
There was no urgency and determination for a side needing to come back strong having lost their previous game to rivals SC Villa.
This season, the Red Eagles have looked relatively strong at the back and their compact midfield looks solid but lacking in creativity.
Ivan Mayanja came close but kept out by Joel Mutakubwa but the Red Eagles failed to sustain their attacks and it’s a point earned.
And its now five points from four games, with their only win coming against URA FC.
Express visit Onduparaka who is hosting at a neutral venue (FUFA ban) on October 29 at Bombo while Gaddafi welcome BUL on October 25 in a Jinja derby
Express XI – Denis Otim, Isa Lumu, Joseph Dhata, Hamim Ssemakula, Daniel Shabena, Enock Ssebagala, Anwar Ntege, Ivan Mayanja, Allan Kayiwa, Hussein Ssenoga, Farouk Kato hole
Gaddafi XI – Joel Mutakubwa, Ibrahim Kiyemba, Dan Birikwaliro, Bakali Magumba, Amir Kakomo, Yaya Mahad, Shafik Bakaki, Johnson Odongo, Brian Kalumba, Sadiq Ssekyembe, Alex Kitata