Express FC played to a 1-1 draw with Vipers Sports Club at Betway Muteesa II Stadium in Wankulukuku on Tuesday afternoon for their fifth game of the season.
Just like Vipers, Express also conceded from a free-kick when Abdul Karim Watambala’s effort deflected off the wall to catch goalkeeper Mathias Muwanga wrong-footed.
Watambala’s goal came just minutes after Godfrey Lwesibawa had put the Red Eagles ahead with his free-kick also taking a wicked deflection off former Express defender Disan Galiwango.
To account for the draw, Express coach Wasswa Bbosa was quick to direct his disappointment towards the day’s match officials led by William Oloya.
“I will be honest with you, every time I play against Vipers it is like we are playing against 14 people,” Bbosa told Football256 after the game.
“I am surprised with the manner my teams concede against Vipers sometimes,” he said.
“I concede the same (wicked) goals against Vipers, and today, the Vipers player (Yunus Ssentamu) dived and they got that advantage that resulted into the goal.”
“I conceded a similar goal while at Villa, at Tooro United and now it happens again, and surprisingly it’s the same pair of officials assigned for those games,” he continued.
The game failed to live up to the hype and pedigree of the game as both sides struggled to impose themselves on the day.
The game was slow, uncoordinated, devoid of creativity, and panicky from either side save for the 15-minute episode at the start of the second half that produced the goals.
Express FC climbed to sixth on the table on nine points from five games. Vipers also climbed to second on the log on 11 points, a point below leaders UPDF FC.
Vipers will host the leaders in their next game while Express travel to Ndejje to visit URA FC on Saturday, February 13.