“We need extra concentration from every player if we are to break the now proverbial physiologic jinx against Express FC this season.” A fully motivated Sam Simbwa told URA FC media in preparation for the return leg.

He had at the conclusion of the previous week looked startled the moment Express FC’s Eric Kambale scored what came to be the winning goal at the Betway Muteesa II stadium.

That marked the third win for the Red Eagles and maintained their 100% record against the tax collectors this season. However, the most recent defeat does hurt more considering the ramifications it brings to our quest for silverware this season.

The gaffer would continue to say: “I trust my team to pick themselves up. Our motivation is to make the quarter-finals of the competitions and the path is clear. We however need to defend better at home.”

The players themselves looked disappointed in the aftermath of the game but the good news is that the team will have a chance to settle scores (this being a two-legged affair) at home come Tuesday 4/5/2021.

Express FC will travel to the Arena of Visions in Ndejje with no pressure since they maintain an advantage. They will, as we have come to learn from them frustrate us and therefore, the team will require a masterclass display to shrug off their charge.

The tax collectors did get an away goal, (something that is paramount in this competition) and will look to build on that. The boost of a return of attacking player in Steven Mukwala will go along well in boosting the team.
“The return of the talisman gives us options in attack and the timing is right since we require goals in plenty right now more than ever.” The gaffer commented on the difference the return of Steven brings to the team. 

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 around.”

When asked about the possibility of his imminent return from injury, he continued to say: 
“I feel fine and in perfect shape, granted an opportunity to play, I will give the team my best as I often do. The team is ready for this challenge.
 What to know.
This will be the fourth meetup between URA FC and Express FC this season.

Express FC have won the previous three meetings this season.

In the three games played, URA FC have only managed to score twice in both games at the Betway Muteesa II Wankulukuku stadium. 

URA FC is yet to score a goal against Express FC at home (Arena of Visions) this season.

John Bugembe
May 4, 2021