Uganda Premier League
URA FC 0-0 Express FC
Bombo Barracks Stadium, Bombo
BOMBO – URA FC and Express drew 0-0 in one of the two Uganda Premier League games played on Saturday afternoon.
The game that was played at Bombo Barracks Stadium had little goal mouth action as both sides struggled to create chances.
The major talking point on the day was the injury to URA’s Julius Mutyaba who was rushed to hospital in the first half.
The industrious midfielder was elbowed by Denis Sserukwaya on 38 minutes-an incident missed by referee Mashood Sali, and play was stopped for seven minutes until Mutyaba was stretchered off, put into the waiting Ambulance and taken to hospital.
With five minutes to play, Anwar Ntege was given his marching orders after a foul on Ivan Ocholit, leaving the Tax Collectors to finish the game with 10 men.
Ironically, the only other cards of the rough encounter were again shown to URA personnel with Ivan Ntege booked for a foul on Sadiq Ssekyembe and URA FC assistant coach Hamza Lutalo shown yellow for descent.
Both sides made substitution in the game but none proved pivotal in the end.
Mikadad Ssenyonga came on for the injured Mutyba, Anwar replaced Daniel Isiagi while Ivant Ntege took the place of Ivan Serubiri as URA rang the changes.
For Express they made only two changes. Shafiq Avemah paved way for Joshua Musoke while Ocholit took Sadiq Ssekyembe’s slot.
The draw leaves URA FC in 10th with 17 points from 14 games. The Tax Collectors will finish their first round with a game at home to Proline on Tuesday next week.
For Express, they end the first round with 18 points from 15 games having won five, drawn two and lost seven.
Saturday’s point leaves the Red Eagles 9th on the log.
How both teams started
James Alitho (GK), Yessri Waibi, Patrick Mbowa, Benjamin Nyakojjo, Ashraf Mandela, Julius Mutyaba, Ivan Ntege, Shafik Kagimu, Brian Majwega, Joackim Ojera, Daniel Isiagi
Tonny Kyamera (GK), Joseph Zziwa, Sadiq Ssekyembe, Yiga Muhammad, David Kakeeto, Kigonya Lawrence, Dennis Sserukwaya, Avemar Shafiq, Frank Ssenyondo, Dissan Galiwango, Frank Kalanda