Red Eagles up to sixth with easy pecking of Tooro United
Former champions KCCA held by Mbarara United to remain second on the table
FOOTBALL | An early Eric Kambale powerful header and Ibrahim Kayiwa’s neat finish on the stroke of the half-hour mark were enough to see the Red Eagles sour over visiting Tooro United at Mutesa II Stadium, Wankulukuku, on Wednesday.
The Red Eagles, looking for their first league goal at home and having scored only as many as they have conceded, started the match with purpose, virtually pinning their beleaguered visitors in own half.
Michael Birungi could have put them ahead within a minute but wasted the opportunity, more like he wasted another one-on-one stoppage time chance, but he was pin-point perfect with a third minute delivery that Kambale powered home.
The new Express FC leadership in Chairman Kiwanuka Kiryowa and coach Kefa Kisala showed it was striking the right chord in a team that needed the final minutes of last season’s league to salvage their status in the topflight.
It was only Tooro United, but the Express FC of last season would probably have settled for a dour draw in this same fixture. Yet here they were looking more invigorated although Kisala will be asking for more concentration in his forwards’ finishing.
Tony Odur was the major culprit in this regard, wasting chances, including a 37th-minute goalmouth tap-home that he blasted wide with the net at his calling.
Odur, a prodigal son who returned to Wankulukuku for the fourth time in the summer repeated his 37th minute failure to convert deep into second half when he failed to beat goalkeeper Tony Mutakubwa.
Tooro United coach Wasswa Bbosa returned his stooges for the second half to chase down the scores and they threatened to deceive as much they are dreamt of what looked all but impossible.
The visitors attacked with several moves down the flanks but goalkeeper Mathias Muwanga and the four men covering him could hardly be threatened.
The second victory of the campaign sees Express FC move to sixth place–their best position in the league in three years–on eight points from five games. Tooro United stay 12th on the log with four points from five games.
Elsewhere, Mbarara United continue to fashion Kakyeka Stadium into a fortress after holding former champions KCCA to a dour draw.
Mbarara is yet to lose at their home ground in three games, having beaten Express FC and Maroons in the earlier fixtures and will be boosted by the result as they host win-less former giants SC Villa in seven days.
Mbarara United ended the Joogo’s title hopes last season with 1-all draw that left them with a gap they couldn’t mathematical catch over KCCA and eventual champions Vipers.
KCCA FC were looking to leapfrog Vipers SC to the top of the table after the champions could only escape with a point from a visit to Jinja on Tuesday, but Mike Mutebi had no clues to unlocking Mbarara’s rearguard.
KCCA remains second on the log from five games with Mbarara at the bottom of the top half of the table with seven points picked from their three home games.