Express FC To Host SC Villa This Saturday

This Saturday, December 19 Express FC Welcomes SC Villa at Wankulukuku stadium. Without a stadium packed to the brim, because of the Covid-19 restrictions, the game is expected to lack a bit of its hyperbole atmosphere.

But none reverberate more than the two league fixtures last season.Sc Villa won both home and away: “It deeply hurts each time we lose to Villa. It is the kind of game, which is a must-not-lose for the Express FC fraternity,” says Frank Kalanda.

Yet, to have lost to the eternal enemy twice last season, was too much to take. Frank Kalanda recalled that they were not in the right psychological state of mind then.

He admitted there were so many new young players in the team, who did not have the confidence to take on SC Villa. Express FC was just not ready for the Jogoos on both occasions.

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In fact, Express’ first win last season came in their fourth game, which was against Mbarara City.

“But this time, we could not be more ready. Our pre-season was good. We have a fantastic coach in Wasswa Bbosa, who knows SC Villa so well, having coached there.”

Frank Kalanda added that the club management has brought them a top-class strength and conditioning coach in Helen Buteme, who has tuned them well. They have also added experienced Cranes defender Murushid Jjuuko to the playing personnel. Over the last two seasons, Express has only managed one draw in the four meetings with Villa.

The rest have been losses. Therefore, Kalanda and company have a lot to correct. On the weekend, Express played their first home game against Soltilo Bright Stars, whom they edged 2-1 ( Frank Kalanda scored once) while Villa lost 1-2 away to URA FC in Ndejje on the same day.

By press-time, both Villa and Express FC were on four points, although the former had played a game more on three. But they both had daunting fixtures last night. Express was away to a wounded Mbarara City and they made a one all draw   At Kayeka Stadium in Mbarara while SCVilla ended KCCA FC  unbeaten run with a 2-1 victory.

On paper, Express appear to have the more experienced squad, which should give them the edge going into the weekend game. But Kalanda said that Villa is one team they respect, and cannot take anything for granted.

In the 2018/2019 season, Express began the season fairly well under coach Kefa Kisala. The turning point seemed the 3-2 win over KCCA FC. Their next fixture was against a wobbly Villa, yet Express lost 0-2 in Namboole.

Ibrahim Kirya, the Villa assistant coach, says that their team is largely new, and they are still building combinations.

Frank Fremer is a seasoned journalist, blogger and political analyst for over a decade in Uganda

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