By Denis Turyahebwa
Express FC secured a goalless draw against Kyetume FC in their last home game of the first round of the StarTimes Uganda Premier League at the Betway Muteesa II stadium Wankulukuku on Saturday.
The Red Eagles came all out at the start especially on the flanks led by Godfrey Lwesibawa who won a free kick in the 25th minute just outside the 18-yard area but skied his effort.
Lwesibawa made another effort two minutes later when he broke free, face on with the goal but his long-range shot was punched over the bar by Kyetume FC’s Joel Mutakubwa and that was just it for the first half.
After the break, Kyetume FC forward Robert Ssentongo seemed to disturb the Express FC backline but Murushid Juuko was on hand to calm the situation especially in aerial battles.
Erick Kambale could have given the Red Eagles the lead but fluffed the chances on both occasions, the first an overhead kick which went off the mark of goal and another which required Joel Mutakubwa to stretch and tap the ball into a corner.
The draw leaves Express FC third on the log on 29 points and completes the first round with a short trip to Lugogo to face Police FC on Tuesday 16th March 2021.
Elsewhere, Bright Stars defeated struggling Mbarara City 1-0 at Kakyeka stadium thanks to Joseph Akandwanaho’s 78th-minute goal that later became the match winners for the visitors.
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Meanwhile, Busoga United edged Wakiso Giants 1-0 at Kabaka Kyabagu sports stadium in Wakiso. Sharif Kimbowa’s spectacular screamer in the 69th minute was enough to secure all three points for Jinja based club.
This was their second win in a row after beating MYDA in their previous encounter, and a win put them on 11 points just one point to come out of the relegation zone as they face off with Hoima based Kitara in their next fixture at home.
Isma Mugulusi was named man of the match following his wonderful display to help the team win the game.
And finally, BUL won 3-2 against Kitara with Deogracious Ojok’s brace and Simon Peter Oketch’s other goal. Kitara’s goals were scored by Edison Agondeze in the 44th minute and Denis Mande from the spot in the 52nd minute.