Uganda Cup – Round of 32
Express FC 3(3) – 3(4) Maroons FC
Kavumba Recreation Grounds, Wakiso
Express will not win an eleventh Uganda Cup this season.
This is after the Red Eagles were dumped out of the competition on Wednesday afternoon by fellow Uganda Premier League side Maroons FC.
In the game played at Kavumba, the score-board read 3-3 at the end of 90 minutes before Maroons won it in the shootout 4-3.
Frank Kalanda, Eric Kambale and Disan Ggaliwango netted for Express in normal time while David Ndihabwe, Maxwell Okello and Steven Mukwala did likewise for Maroons.
In the shoot-out, Ggaliwango and January signing Baker Lukoya missed their kicks as the Red Eagles bowed out.
In what was an eventful encounter, Kalanda netted the day’s opening goal inside five minutes but midfielder Ndihabwe equalized moments later.
Okello then turned the game on its head when he put the visitors 2-1 up on 38 minutes.
Five minutes after the restart, Kambale replied to take the scorers to 2-2.
On 60 minutes, Uganda Premier League top scorer Mukwala struck to put Maroons 3-2 up but Express would just jot go down.
The Red Eagles were awarded a penalty four minutes from time after Ggaliwango was brought down in the area.
Ggaliwango picked himself up and slotted home the equalizer which forced penalties.
Only Frank Ssenyondo, Muhammad Iga and Daniel Shabena netted their penalties in the shootout while Edgar Bwogi, Steven Mukwala, Abraham Tusubira and David Ndihabwe all scored to ensure Edgar Bwogi’s missed kick does not hurt them.
The result means that Maroons march onto the round of 16 while Express will have to wait another year to win an 11th Uganda Cup. Their last triumph came in the 2016/17 season after defeating KCCA FC on penalties.
In the other game played on Wednesday, URA FC thumped Nyamityobora FC 8-2 to also reach the last 16.