Express FC 1 -0 URA FC ,10th Oct. 2017 at Wankulukuku stadium.
In a match that was underwhelmingly attended (one wonders if fans are still grieving the cranes dissapointment) it was the hosts that left with all the bragging rights as was the case last season. It seems more than anywhere else the old adage “The more things change, the more they stay the same” has taken root at URA. If we had a more vibrant betting industry, odds would have been slashed on Kirya being the first manager to be sacked this season. It was a drab first 45 with both sides carelessly and the hosts playing as if they only wanted a point. Chances were few and far between with fouls dominating play and the Express Backline having to make more clearances than their visitors. The goal came at the death of halftime when URA conceeded a foul outside the area, Express Captain on the day David Ndihabwe chose not to go for glory and crossed for the unmarked Bernard Agele who played it to Nsubuga Mubarak and his shot was deflected by keeper Martin Muwanga to Dan Serunkuma who made no mistake and put the hosts in the lead.
Referee ended proceedings there and the second half was to prove a one sided affair with URA ringing in the changes Shaffik Kagimu for Saidi Kyeyune, Charles Sempa and Abdul Karim Ajab coming on for Bokota labama and captain Allan Munaaba. The moves injected life into the team with Henry Kisekka hitting the cross bar, and Agele almost scoring an own goal. Express also introduced Steven Bengo and Abdul Karim Kasule but they had no major impact as it was URA with the lions share of possesion. In the end the hosts managed to hold on for a precious 3 points that have started signalling the end of Ibrahim Kirya’s reign at the club.
Express FC Starting XIBuule Godwin, Kisekka Ronie, Jjingo Sulaiman, Bwogi Edgar, Agele Bernard , Mayanja Davis, Luswata Steven, Ndihabwe David (Captain), Nsubuga Mubarak, Birungi Micheal and Dan “Mzee” Sserunkuuma.
Subs: Atiel Godfrey Angoya, Hitimana Omar, Nsubuga Rashid, Bengo Steven, Ssebaduka Sam, Kasule Abudl Karim and Mubiru Sikima.
Coach: Douglas Bamweyana
URA FC Starting XI
Martin Muwanga, Okot Fred, Munaaba Allan, Mutyaba Julius, Kasaga Richard, Mulikyi Hudu, Lwassa Peter, Kyeyune Said, Bokota Labama Kamana, Kiseka Henry and Brian Majwega.
Subs: Alionzi Nasifian, Patrick Mbowa, Shafik Kagimu, Ssempa Charles, Ssentamu Siraje, Kulaba Jimmy and Abudul Karim Azan.
Coach: Ibrahim Kirya