The Stanbic Uganda Cup returns this Saturday, 1 May 2021 in a fixture that wiĺl see the tax collectors travel to the Betway Muteesa II Wankulukuku stadium for just their second time this season to lock horns with Express FC. 

This will be a two-legged round of 16 fixture with the hosts also having to travel to Ndejje next Tuesday. The tie has been deemed by many as the tie of the round considering the magnitude of both clubs. 

URA FC will however be hoping for a better showing than earlier this month when the hosts claimed victory. Express FC claimed a double this season in the latter games played in the league provoking talk about the rich mentality of the Express FC team.

Birungi Micheal battling it out against Express Fc.

This being a different competition, the head coach will be anxious to see more from his team. He has highlighted this and more to our media team:

“We have looked disappointing in both games against the same opponent this season. No surprise that we lost both games. The technical team has assessed our mistakes and the team is ready to make amends. The players are fired up for the tie.”

He would go ahead to attribute our recent defeat at Wankulukuku to uncharacteristic defensive errors that proved costly against a good side. He however won’t be expecting his defence to be that generous come Saturday evening. 

The home side appears to be in good form in the league currently as suggested by their recent results. They negotiated their passage into this level in the competition against Kyetume FC with a tie settling at home after a 2-2 draw away from home.

Majwega Brian scored the only goal in the Round of 32 against Mbarara City.

URA FC on the other hand had to see off a resilient Mbarara City at the Kakyeka Stadium in a (1-0) win after the two teams had earlier shared the spoils in a goalless draw at the Arena of Visions in Ndejje. 

The tax collectors themselves come into this game off a convincing home win against Mbarara City, a game that saw us return to winning ways to maintain the ecstasy amongst our fans.  

A fan’s favourite (Steven Mukwala) helped us answer whether the team has developed an inferiority complex against Express FC:
 “I don’t think that is a fair assessment. Yes, we have lost against them twice this season but we also made mistakes in those two games that I think the team has learnt from. I don’t think we shall be that naive this time round.”

Mukwala Steven is still sidelined because of injury.

When asked about the possibility of his imminent return from injury, he continued to say: 
“I feel fine and still working to be in the perfect shape, granted an opportunity to play, I want to give the team my best as I often do. The team is ready for this tie.”

URA FC approach this game mindful of the threat that the opponents possess. However, the head coach feels his team has scores to settle against the Red Eagles and that alone is motivation enough.

Steven Mukwala, Cromwel Rwothomio and Julius Mutyaba are unavailable for selection tomorrow after they failed to pass the late fitness tests.
All the other players are available for selection.

 What you must know

This will be the nineteenth meeting between the two sides since 2012. It will however be the first time both teams meet outside in the Uganda cup in the last five years.

Since 2021, URA FC has won more games in the 18 times the two clubs have met. URA has won 7 times and drawn 7 times. Express FC have won just 4 times. The two times coming this season.

The tax collectors made it 4 points out of a possible 6 points against Express FC in the just concluded 2020/2021 season.

John Bugembe
April 30, 2021