Wednesday, December 21
•Onduparaka Vs UPDF – Arua
•Express Vs Blacks Power – Wankulukuku
•BUL Vs Maroons – Njeru
- Express welcome first choice goalkeeper Denis Otim and Andrew Kaggwa back from suspension
- Forward Joseph Akandwanaho and midfielder Hussein Ssenoga set to miss out with illness
- For Blacks Power Emmanuel Odur is still injured while Emma Odongkara is available having served his suspension
- Players that featured in FUFA drum for Lango including Bronson Nsubuga and Acire John Paul may require fitness tests
Express – Denis Otim, Joseph Dhata, Arthur Kiggundu, Derrick Ngoobi, Andrew Kaggwa, Daniel Shabene, Ivan Mayanja, Joshua Musoke, Allan Kayiwa, Anwar Ntege, Hassan Mubiru
Blacks Power – Tonny Kyamera, Ivan Okello, Ahmed Amayo, Ronald Musana, John Paul Acire, Ali Mukiibi, Michael Siwu, Baden Mujahid, Jimmy Ndalambi, Bronson Nsubuga, Faisal Muwawu
Preview: Express, Blacks Power Seek To End First Round On High
Express and Blacks Power will be hoping to finish the first round on a high when the two sides meet at Wankulukuku.
The Red Eagles have had a poor first phase of the season and sit 9th on the log with 16 points having won just four games out of the 13 played so far.
But they will be fancying their chances to win a home game against newcomers Blacks Power.
Eric Ndifuna, Assistant Coach at Express, commented: “We are prepared for the game with the players in good shape and we expect victory.
“We are playing against a newly promoted team and they seem not to be hard but they have unfamiliar players which may be a challenge.
“But we are going to win the game because all these players have their minds set on getting the three points. When you look at our previous two games against Vipers and Maroons they put up a strong performance although we drew.”
Express thought they had won it late when Ivan Mayanja headed in in added time but Fred Amaku equalised at the other end to compound Express misery at Luzira.
Express are winless in six league games so far and have not scored a goal at Wankulukuku in their last three games.
The Visitors on the other hand, picked a draw against Onduparaka in their last game and will be hoping to build on that as they visit Wankulukuku.
“We are ready for our last game of the first round, Express is a good team and will be playing at home but we have come to compete because we want to wind up the first round with a win,” said Blacks Power coach Hussein Mbalangu.
“Express have also taken long without getting a win just like us but we shall build on the team we got against Onduparaka so that we put up a better game.”
Blacks Power are winless in last four games since beating UPDF 1-0 in Lira and will be hoping to return to winning ways.
Blacks Power sit third from the bottom with 10 points from 13 games, just a goal difference adrift of safety from UPDF.
This, is the first meeting between the two sides in top flight.