Express FC Head Coach Wasswa Bbosa says that his side had a tough start to the 2021/22 Uganda Premier League (UPL) season albeit the side bouncing back to winning ways later on.
Bbosa made these remarks following the conclusion of the first round of the UPL season as the defending champions settled for a 1-1 draw against Soltilo Bright Stars FC on Friday last week in their final match of the first half of the season at Wankulukuku.
Wasswa’s side managed to claw their way back into the title race despite the false start and Bbosa states it’s been a tough first round although he’s happy the players picked up.
“It was a tough start, we didn’t have time for the players to rest after the previous season which I thought took a toll on us. The back to back league losses (Arua Hill at home and UPDF FC away) gave us a reality check and I like that we took it head on so to manage seven wins and six draws in 15 games with 27 points collected I feel it’s a fairly a good performance,” Bbosa told the club website.
Bbosa adds that his side will have to work more harder in the second round if they’re to attempt retaining the league title.
“We need to have a near to perfect second round, it’s a tough target but if we have to defend the league, we have to win most of the games. We should also be more sharper upfront because to win games you have to score but overall I am positive that we shall do the needful,” Bbosa added.
The Red Eagles sit 3rd on the log on 27 points and begin their UPL second round with an away fixture against Soltilo Bright Stars FC at the Kavuma Recreation Grounds.
In a related development, Express FC record Uganda cup champions have been drawn away against Regional side PCCP FC in the round of 64. The game will take place between 18th to 30th January. The Red Eagles have won the domestic cup for a record 10 times in their history.