Uganda Premier League
Express 5-3 Police
Express broke free late to see off Police 5-3 in an entertaining StarTimes Uganda Premier League (SUPL) match played at Wankulukuku on Friday.
This was a marked improvement from last season when – then coached by Kefa Kisala – the Red Eagles lost to the same opponents and at the same stadium 2-0.
Actually, Kisala was to be relieved of his duties thereafter, and in came George Ssimwogerere, who is equally under immense pressure after a mixed start to the season.
This result will have eased that pressure, although Ssimwogerere insists he is not worried about his job safety.
“I’m not worried about being sacked. I’m helping Express and it is also helping me. These are young boys who when put them under pressure don’t deliver,” he said.
His team played with aggression and took the lead when Frank Kalanda exploited Hood Kaweesa’s pass to set up captain Disan Galilwango.
Frank Ssenyondo then doubled Express’ advantage after Police failed to clear their lines.
But Timothy Oyamo pulled one for the visitors with a good header off a Dennis Rukundo cross.
Express were, however, back at it, Kalanda scoring the third but Police’s Ben Ocen made it a respectable scoreline going into the half time break.
But Kalanda completed his brace with a much needed fourth goal for Express.
But Police were not relenting, Ocen, too, completing his brace from the penalty spot for 4-3.
However, Police conceded a late controversial fifth goal when center referee George Olem allowed Express to contest a drop ball after initially halting play with Police in possession.
Galilwango capitalised on the confusion and set up Ivan Ocholit in added time for a 5-3 victory.
Express are ninth on seven points from six games while Police remain second from bottom with two.