Mutesa II Stadium Wankulukuku is the place to be this afternoon as Express commonly known as ‘mukwano gwabangi’ host one of their bitter rivals SC villa in the Stanbic Uganda Cup round of 32.
The two met are set to renew their rivalry this afternoon after a goalless draw in their previous fixture in the Star times Uganda Premier League.
Express are record cup winners with 11 titles with the hope of making it to the last 16 round as many times as possible.
“We’ve done our last training ahead of our game on Tuesday against S.C Villa, we’ve been working on finishing which I think we didn’t do well in our last game against URA FC. The boys are ready know what is at stake, we respect Villa and know they’ll pose a threat but as a team we want to win this competition and I am positive we shall advance to the round of 16”. – Express Interim Manager James Odoch.
Today’s visitors, SC Villa have won the cup on 10 occasions making it to 21 cups between the two sides.
“This is the time we learn to work with a few players, we have been particularly between unlucky not only with injuries but the moment we had a full squad, we had an accident and we inherited some injuries in the accident, we need to learn to deal with it, it’s part of our job.” – SC Villa head manager Petros Koukouras while addressing the media during the pre match interview.
“I’m sure that other clubs also have injuries so we can use this as an excuse, we have to move on. All players who belong to the club must be ready to play for the club,so we must win today.” He added.
Express and SC Villa have met 25 times with the Super Eagles emerging as winners 8 times and Eight draws between the sides while The Jogoos have beaten today’s opponents nine times.
Express FC are unbeaten in the last three derbies with the last one ending in a goalless draw.
Midfielder Yaya Mahad is back and is available for selection.
Enock Ssebagala is suspended.
Center back Murushid Juuko remains sidelined
Winger Martin Kizza is unavailable due to national team duty.
Oyirwoth Goffin is sidelined with a knee injury.
Stanbic Bank Uganda Cup.
EXPRESS FC Vs SC VILLA. 4pm Muteesa II Stadium Wankulukuku