Wednesday 3rd May
Bright Stars vs Busoga United 2PM, Kavumba Recreation Ground
Arua Hill vs Express 4PM, Barifa Ground
Maroons vs SC Villa 4PM, Luzira prisons ground
Blacks Power vs URA 4PM, Akibua Memorial stadium
Friday 5th May
Vipers vs KCCA 7PM, St Mary’s stadium Kitende
Arua Hill is boosted with the return of Rashid Kawawa as well as Muhammad Rashid.
But they will be without Atendele Geriga who is not yet fit for the game.
Goalkeeper Richard Anyama and Gadafi Kacancu are ruled out.
Hussein Ssenoga is ruled out for Express as well as Defender Denis Otim due to hamstring injury.
Joseph Akandwanaho will also miss the game due to yellow Cards accumulation.
Midfielders Ivan Mayanja and Shafiq Ssebyala are still in rehabilitation.
Defenders Derrick Ngoobi and Arthur Kiggundu will face a late fitness test.
Arua Hill: Rogers Omedwa (GK), Isaac Okello, Richard Matovu, Rashid Toha, Paul Musamali, Gibson Adinho, Faizul Ibrahim, Gadafi Wahab, Innocent Media, Isaac Ogwang, Ivan Eyamu.
Express: Abdul Kimera (GK), Andrew Kaggwa, Arthur Kiggundu, Isma Kawawulo, Daniel Shabene, Enock Sebaggala, Allan Kayiwa, Joseph Dhata, Faisal Ssekyanzi, Boban Zirintusa, Marvin Oshaba.
Preview: Express target maiden win over Arua Hill
Express will hope to pick their first ever victory over Arua Hill as they face off at Barifa Ground in the Startimes Uganda Premier League.
Express have lost all the three matches they have faced Arua Hill and failed to score in any of them.
After a streak of three winning runs, the Red Eagles have drawn their last two games with Wakiso Giants and Bright Stars.
Ahead of the game, Express FC Head Coach James Odoch stressed their aim of picking up maximum points and has ensured that their objective is to finish in the top four.
“We’ve come to purposely win this game because we’ve not been having a good record against this side,” Odoch admitted
“Our main focus is to climax the league in the first four places still stands, we just have to win all our remaining games”.
Allan Kayiwa penalty cancelled out Shariph Kimbowa goal in a one all draw with Wakiso Giants in the last match.
For Arua Hill, they will hope to complete a double over Express after Isaac Ogwang inspired them to a 1-0 away victory in the reverse fixture at the Mutesa II Stadium Wankulukuku.
The Kongolo will fancy their chances after failing to win their last two games. A defeat to Vipers and a stalement with Onduparaka.
Rashid Toha and Gadafi Wahab were on target for Arua Hill in a 2-2 draw with neighbours Onduparaka at the Ababet Greenlight Stadium.
Arua Hill Assistant Coach Ahmed Borini says the game is ready to give its best.
“The team is ready, we have been playing tough teams, we had alot of recovery trainings and the team is back in a good shape”.
Sits 5th on the log with 34 points after 23 matches. 10W, 4D, 9L.
They have scored 26 goals and conceeded 23 times.
In their last five matches, Arua Hill have managed two wins, two draws and a defeat.
They are 9th in the standings with 30 points in 23 matches. 7W, 9D, 7L
They have found the back of the net 25 times and allowed 23 against them.
The Red Eagles have won three of their last five matches with two draws.
Head to Head
Arua Hill ?-? Express
Express 0-1 Arua Hill
Arua Hill 1-0 Express
Express 0-2 Arua Hill