In the peak of the round, rejuvenated Express FC host defending champions KCC in an intriguing league fixture at Wankulukuku, writes Elly Kyeyune.
The boys are slowly being separated from men as the Uganda Premier League nears the one-third stage. Former champions Vipers FC lead the way ahead of SC Villa and KCC with surprise package Bidco narrowly ahead of Express FC in fourth place.
This standing is a reflection of the renaissance of traditional giants and few matches eclipse an Express-KCC clash. For starters, KCC begin life after the departure of former head coach George Nsimbe, who helped the club win back-to-back league titles, with Abdallah Mubiru in charge.
It is not the first time Mubiru is heading a top-flight club as the top decision-maker. He previously coached Proline for two seasons. He will heavily rely on the brilliance of striker Brian Umony, who has hit top form in recent matches.
Fresh from scoring a brace in in their 2-1 win over Kira Young on Tuesday, Umony said he is anticipating a tough clash at Wankulukuku though ready for it. “Playing Express has never been an easy game but we have to keep the pace as we are looking to be at the top of the table.”
KCC are three points off top spot but could end the weekend atop the summit depending on the result between Vipers and Rwenshama in Buikwe. On the other hand, Express FC, with all problems surrounding the team rolling on unpaid salaries and allowances of the players, is just one point behind KCC and is eager to make a statement with a win over the champions.
Hence, KCC has every reason to fear for the worst given that they lost to the same Express team in their last encounter at Lugogo last season. Meanwhile, Vipers are poised to maintain their spot when they meet struggling Rwenshama FC, who will be playing for their first-ever win since joining the top-flight league. Vipers are also the only team to have registered no loss this season.
URA will face Kira Young in Lugazi while SC Victoria University travels to Bombo to face army side Simba FC. Second-from-bottom Soana FC, who are still without a coach since the dismissal of Richard Makumbi, will host mid-table side Sadolin FC.
Source : The Observer