Express 2-1 URA: Bbosa’s side takes first leg advantage to Bombo
Express continued their fine form against URA with a comeback at Wankulukuku as they win the first leg of the Uganda Cup round of 16.
Coach Bbosa made three changes as Godfrey returned to goal for his fourth start, Enock Walusimbi replaced Issa Lumu at centre back, partnering Murushid Juuko again. Denis Mubuya started at right-back for the second straight game.
A match officiated by centre referee Olem George saw URA getting a quick first goal of the day courtesy of Ibrahim Dada in the 3′ minute. This was his first goal for URA.
Express stepped up the pace post-URA goal to make ammends as they trailed by a goal.
Their efforts paid in the 17′ minute as striker Martin Kiiza slotted home at far post to make it 1-1.
URA skipper Shafiq Kagimu almost doubled his side’s lead with a powerful shot from the left flank after he dribbled past Express skipper Enock Walusimbi. However, Denis Otim made a finger tip save to deny the midfielder a second goal in two matches.
Express responded through Godfrey Lwesibawa with a half volley in the box forcing URA goalie to tap the ball over the bar.
Goal scorer Martin Kiiza almost scored his second of the evening with a one-on-one situation which he missed after Benjamin Nyakojo poorly controlled the ball in the URA 18-yard box.
Eric Kambale slotted home from a corner to give Express the lead in the 64th minute. The young prospect has been a revelation for the Wankulukuku side this season with crucial goals for Bbosa’s side.
The win was Express’ third straight win against the tax collectors, giving them an advantage going into the second leg away at Arena of Visions, Bombo.
Express skipper Eric Walusimbi attributed the win to the team’s concentration.
“What helped the team was more of concentration. They scored us early but the boys fought back and we managed to win this game. We shall prepare very much so that we can win the next game,” he stated.
Onduparaka loses 1-0 at home against SC Villa
The jogoos made two changes from the Mbarara city game. Alionzi Nafian was reinstated between the sticks; Julius Mutyaba came in for Birungi.
Onduparaka made an early attempt in the 3′ minute when Nasasira was left all alone to beat the goalkeeper but fails to shoot. Another good attempt by Kabon Living was parried away by Kibirige.
Kabon again delivered a ball in the box with the option of Matata and Nasasira to put through but the winger chose to go all the way and delivered a weak effort.
It was a dull evening at the Greenlight stadium as there was no major threat from both sides.
Right at the depth of the second half, SC VillaaVilla marksman Faizo Kazibwe broke the deadlock to give Villa a first leg advantage.
UPDF 1-3 Vipers SC
Vipers SC came from behind to win 3-1 against a weak UPDF side.
The army side opened the scoring in the 11′ minute through Brian Kayanja. Not so many chances were created by either side in the first half.
Vipers reacted in the second half by Bringing in Ceased Manzoni and David Bagoole for Milton Karisa and Tezikye respectively.
Vipers got an equaliser through Joseph Vuni who tapped in Bbosi Byaruhanga’s corner into his own net.
Ibrahim Or it doubled Vipers lead in the 60′ minute before substitute Ceased Manzoni scored a sublime diving header after after a brilliant delivery from Karim Ndugwa.