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Express out for revenge against Police

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Micheal Birungi (C) returns for Express after suspension

Stanbic Uganda Cup

Round of 16

Monday, 4pm

Express vs Police, Wankulukuku

URA vs Bright Stars, Namboole 

Express FC will be out for revenge when they host Police FC for the second time in two weeks this Monday in the Stanbic Uganda Cup. Victory at the Betway Muteesa II stadium in the round of 16 would put Express on course for their first silverware since 2011-12 season when they won the Premier League. Police FC’s Abdullah Mubiru emerged winner when the two sides clashed at the same venue early this month, but believes respect, above emotions must rule the day if they are to eliminate the 10-time winners. Express had earlier in the season beaten Police 3-1 but a second round 2-0 loss marked Kefa Kisala’s last game in charge at Wankulukuku before he was replaced by former captain George Ssemwogerere. In the two games in charge so far, Ssemwogerere has won and lost once but believes the 2-0 win away at Nyamityobora in the league last timeout was the right motivation for his side’s better performances. Express, who beat Water FC 2-1 at home at the previous round, will miss sick goal keeper Tony Kyamera and defender Hamis Batega. Robben Kabuye, Eric Kambale and skipper Davis Mayanja are still out injured while play maker Frank Zaga Tumwesigye is expected to return having limped off against Nyamityobora after bagging his first goal for the Red Eagles. Mubaraka Nsubuga, Goffin Oyirwoth, Ivan Ocholit, Badru Nsubuga and Tony Odur are also back in training and could be available today. Michael Birungi also returns after his initial four-match ban was reduced to two after appeal; and he missed games against BUL and Nyamityobora. Police, who ejected lower league side Calvary 4-3 in penalties after a barren stalemate at the Round of 32, will hope that lead scorer Juma Balinya injured Express again. The play maker who has netted 11 league goals so far as the joint top scorer (11) with SC Villa’s Bashir Mutanda, has had a hand in all the three goals Express has conceded against the Cops –scoring two and an assist. In the other fixture, three-time winners URA host Bright Stars at Namboole stadium. The hosts won 2-0 away in the last (league) meeting.

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