Azam Uganda Premier league
Express FC vs Proline SA
Mutessa II War Memorial Stadium, Wankulukuku
Bottom of the league Express FC will host Mujib Kasule’s Proline at the Mutessa II stadium this Friday afternoon in a match that can only be viewed as a relegation three pointer.
Both teams face the possibility of relegation as the hosts seat at the foot of the log with 15 points, two away from safety while their visitors are seating only a spot away from the relegation zone.
Express FC are finding it hard to win games ever since Shafic Bisaso took over at the helm, with the former Soana coach overseeing only one league victory in the eight matches he has been in charge of.
Express FC is expected to be without captain David Ndihabwe, who is out injured along with Edgar Bwogi and Isaac Kisujju but the Red Eagles will be welcoming back Ronnie Kiseka who has recovered fully from injury and is in contention.
Proline have been boosted by the return to full fitness of Ivan Bukenya, Daniel Nsiagi, Sula Matovu and team captain Simon Mbazira. Their only concern is the unavailability of Joshua Okirol and Arnold Sserunjogi, who returned late to training and will not be able to take any part.
What the coaches are saying.
Shafic Bisaso, Express FC.
“We have prepared in the same way like we have been doing in the past.
“We know we are playing a fellow top flight team which is also looking for points badly.
“The only result we are contented with will be a victory otherwise any thing short of that is deserter.
“The level of motivation is maximum but i personally do not want to look at it as a key factor but will want the boys to be ready and win the game.
Mujibu Kasule, Proline SA.
“We are prepared and ready for the game against Express.
“Luckily we don’t have that many injuries and the boys have responded well in training.
“We have been working on the mental strength of the team, mostly character so as we be able to create chances and then put them away.
“We have 12 games left and we want to win as many games as possible so as to finish in a respectable place.
Express are bottom of the league with 15 points and are only two points away from safety while Proline seat in 13th, level on points with UPDF who occupy the last relegation spot.
Express scored a 90th minute winner when both sides met at Lugogo in the first round to take all three points in the 2-1 win.
Both teams have won three of the last 11 meetings between them drawing the other five games.
Proline have won only once in their six travels to Wankulukuku to face Express. The victory came last season when the Lugogo based side defeated the Red Eagles 3-0.
Express has won only one of their last eight league game(D1 L6) while their opponents have enjoyed two victories in that period, losing six as well.
Proline is one of two teams yet to register victories away from home this season loosing seven of the nine games and managing two draws.
Today’s other fixture sees Vipers travel to Luzira to take on Maroons.