UPL Rap | Express, Wakiso register first season wins

Mahad Yaya Kazooza scored the precious goal as Express beat Bul 1-0 at Kyabazinga Stadium in Bugembe.

Stand-in captain Abel Etrude leads his charges out of the Kyabazinga stadium dressing room for the game against Bul FC on Tuesday. PHOTO/Express FC.

StarTimes Uganda Premier League defending champions, Express Tuesday picked their first three points of the season in as many games.

Mahad Yaya Kazooza scored the precious goal as Express beat Bul 1-0 at Kyabazinga Stadium in Bugembe.

After the victory, the Red Eagles climbed up to the 10th position on the 16-team log, while Bul are just above them on goal difference.

Kakooza headed home from a perfect cross by Martin Kizza in a game Express’ Abel Etrudde’s Man of the Match performance earned him the Pilsner gong.

Bul almost squeezed out a point late on but substitute Dickson Nuwamanya’s free-kick hit the woodwork with the clock fast ticking down.

Express welcome Vipers SC to Wankulukuku on October 30 in their next league encounter.

Elsewhere, the highly-billed West Nile derby between league newcomers Arua Hill and the old boys of the area, Onduparaka, ended in a goalless stalemate.

At the MTN Omondi stadium in Lugogo, Stand-in coach Alex Gitta guided Wakiso Giants to their maiden win of the season after edging Police 1-0 .

Wakiso Giants, whose head coach Douglas Bamweyana trew in the towel after a disappointing start, had Edward Saturo to thank for the goal.

Edward Saturo of Wakiso Giants celebrate his goal against Police on Tuesday. PHOTO/Wakiso Giants.

Police themselves have now lost all their three opening fixtures, two of which have been home defeats.

Coach Abdallah Mubiru and his charges visit SC Villa in Kavumba for match day 4 on Friday, October 29. Wakiso Giants on the other hand, host Busoga United the following day.

In Fort Portal, league returnees and newcomers Tooro United and Gaddafi respectively settled for a 1-1 draw.

Tooro were searching for a second successive win at Buhinga Stadium but it is Gaddafi who took the lead through striker Joel Madondo on 27 minutes.

But like he did in Tooro’s 1-0 win over Mbarara City last week, Marvin Oshaba scored the hosts equaliser – this time from a penalty spot – with about a quarter of an hour to play.

Tooro are fifth on four points while Gaddafi, who are yet to win a game, are 12th on one.

In Bombo, the game between hosts UPDF and Mbarara City was washed off by a heavy downpour moments before kick off.

It’s now upon the UPL secretariat to re- schedule the fixture for another day.

The league continues on Wednesday, October 27 with a game between
Busoga United FC and KCCA FC at the FUFA Technical Centre in Njeru.