Express Football Club will carry a slight advantage to Sudan when they visit Al Merrikh on September 17, 2021 for the second leg of the Caf Champions league preliminary stage.
This is because the Ugandan champions marked their return to continental football after a long time absence with a 2-1 win over the Sudanese at the St.Mary’s Stadium in Kitende on Friday.
Eric Kambale and Martin Kizza goals in either half were just enough to earn the Red Eagles a deserved victory.
In the seven meetings between the two teams so far, Express has now won twice, drawn once and lost the rest.
Danger man Kambale put the hosts ahead after six minutes with a cool finish and first shot on goal.
Two minutes later, the visitors almost made it level through Nigerian Edjomariegwe Tony Omayarue but his header off a free kick went inches wide.
At the half hour mark, the Red Eagles nearly doubled their lead but Mahad Yaya Kakooza’s effort outside the box kissed the crossbar.
However, in the 39th minute, the visitors restored parity through Bakri Abd Elgadir who capitalized on a lapse in defense and headed home from a corner kick.
At the sound of the half time whistle,it was all square for both sides.
At the hour mark, midfielders Godfrey Lwesibawa and Martin Kizza combined well and the latter calmly made it 2-1.
With twelve minutes on the clock, second half substitute Joseph Akandwanaho came close to stretch the score-line but his header off a Kizza cross went just wide.
Although he was never allowed to sit on the technical bench due to lack of the necessary coaching requirements, coach Wasswa Bbosa smiled as he slopped down the stands. His boys had held on to a memorable 2-1 victory.
Bbosa and his team must in the next few days concentrate on how to either consolidate or extend the aggregate win when they visit Khartoum.
The winner over two legs will face either Akonangui FC (Equatorial Guinea) or Zanaco FC (Zambia) for a place in the next round of the competition.
Joel Mutakubwa (G.K), Enock Walusimbi (Captain), Arthur Kiggundu, Isa Lumu, Murushid Juuko, Daniel Shabena, Yaya Kakooza, Godfrey Lwesibawa, Muzamiru Mutyaba, Martin Kizza, Erick Kambale
Subs: Denis Otim (G.K), Denis Mubuya, Joseph Akandwanaho, Charles Musiige, John Byamukama, Abel Eturude, George Senkaaba, John Byamukama
Al Merrikh XI:
Salman Monged Elneel Abuzaid (G.K), Ahmed Ahmed, Suliman Amir Kamal, Ahmed Mohamed, Mahmoud Nemer Salaheldin, Musa Mahjoub Dhiya, Mohamed Hashim Mohamed Idris, Elsamani Saadelin, Hussein Nooh Al-Gozoli, Bakri Abd Elgadir, Tony Edjomariegwe Omayarue
Subs: Mohamed Mustafa Mohamed (G.K), Mohamed Alrashed Mahamoud, Wagdi Awad Abd Alla, Ahmed Hamed Mahmoud, Tajeldin Elnour Badawi, Ahmed Yousif, Abd Elrahman Esihag Hassan