Champions KCCA FC visit Express in Kampala derby | StartimesUPL

Startimes Uganda Premier League,

Wednesday 13th November 2019

EXPRESS FC vs KCCA FC| 4:30 pm (EAT) |

Kabaka Kyabagu Stadium, Wakiso

Reigning Startimes Uganda Premier League Champions KCCA FC will visit Express FC at Kabaka Kyabagu Stadium in the Kampala derby that will be played in Wakiso District.

KCCA FC lies 8th on the log and has played 8 games, winning five, drawing one and have lost twice this term. Hosts Express FC is in the 11th position on the log. The red eagles have played twelve games compared to KCCA FC’s eight.

Achai Herbert dribbles past his opponent in a recent game in the Startimes Uganda Premier League

The current league holders have scored 13 goals and conceded eight times in the eight games played so far this season. The Red Eagles have scored seventeen times and conceded nineteen times in twelve games played so far.

KCCA FC lost 3-2 to Express in an away fixture in the league last season. KCCA FC has also played once at Kabaka Kyabagu stadium and won 2-0 but to different opponents Wakiso Giants in the Pilsner Super eight tournament before the commencement of this season.

Team News

Mike Mutyaba will be hoping he can get back his scoring touch in the Startimes Uganda Premier League against FC Express

Coach Mike Mutebi’s charges will be boosted by the return of national team players Kizza Mustafa, John Revita and Muzamiru Mutyaba who missed the club’s last fixture against Police because they were away on national duty

Charles Lukwago, Allan Okello and Kasozi Nicholas will not feature. The players are away on National duty with the Uganda Cranes in Burkina Faso.

Third choice keeper Mwirusi Ali will make the match squad for the second time this season and will also be his first time on the matchday away squad for the senior team.

Goal Keeper Jamil Malyamungu is likely to start between the sticks away from home for the first time this season.

Goalkeeper Jamil Malyamungu warms up before kick-off of the previous league game against Police FC at the Startimes Uganda Premier League

Julius Poloto has stepped up his rehabilitation and could be returning soon

Jurua Hassan and Sadam Juma are all ruled out due to injury.

Statistics

  1. In the last 20 league games played between KCCA FC and Express FC, KCCA FC has won nine times, Express FC has won four times while both teams have shared spoils seven times.
  2. KCCA has scored 30 times in the last 20 games against Express FC while the red eagles have scored twenty times in the last 20 games against KCCA FC
  3. KCCA FC has collected 34 points in the last 20 games played against Express FC while the opponents have bagged 19 points in the last 20 games.
  4. In the nine games away to Express FC, KCCA FC has scored 8 goals and conceded 8.
  5. The last 10 fixtures away to Express, KCCA has won twice lost twice and shared spoils eight times.

Pre-match reactions

Mike Hillary Mutebi;

We expect a tough challenge from Express FC. They have improved a lot and are no push over. The fixture is of a huge magnitude and we expect a very hostile environment given the fact that it is a derby. We won our last league game against Police at home with huge character from the players and i expect the same from them against Express. Winning against Express would be good because as a team we need that momentum. We will be without Lukwago, Kasozi and Okello because they are away for national duty but i trust the other players available to get the job done.


Mike Hillary Mutebi ahead of the Startimes Uganda Premier League game against Express FC

Mike Mutebi gestures during a Uganda Premier League game at Startimes Stadium, Lugogo

Defender and assistant captain Mustafa Kizza who will captain the side due to the absence of skipper Charles Lukwago had this to say to the club’s website;

The coaches have prepared us well ahead of this game. As players we want to win and keep the belief. We are taking it a game at a time as we see how far we can go.

Kizza Mustafa on #EXPKCCA