Express Football club has been paired against Sudan’s Al-Merriekh in the first preliminary round of the CAF Champions League.
The draw conducted at the CAF headquarters in Cairo, Egypt will see the Red Eagles play hosts in Kampala between September 10 – 12, before visiting Khartoum around September 17 – 19 2021.
The winner over the two legs will face the victor between Equatorial Guinea’s Akonangui FC and Zambia’s Zanaco FC in the second round.
The Red Eagles, who won the 2020/21 Uganda Premier League, is the country’s representative at the continent’s biggest club showdown.
They have previously featured seven times in the competition, but their last appearance was in 1997, failing to make it past Zimbabwe’s Caps United, who beat them 7-6 on aggregate in the first round.
The furthest Express has gone in the competition was in 1995 when they made it to the Semifinal before a 2-1 aggregate elimination at the hands of South Africa’s Orlando Pirates.
Their first was in 1975, making it to the second round, a feat they repeated one year later. In 1989, they made it to the same round but could only go as far as the first round in 1990.
They were disqualified in 1994 allowing a clean passage for Egyptian giants Zamalek to go all the way to the finals. Two years later in 1996, they did not get beyond the Preliminary round.
Wasswa Bbosa’s side is currently on a good run, winning the league. They are in the Uganda cup Semifinal and are playing a CECAFA Kagame cup final on Saturday with Malawi’s Nyasa Big Bullets.
They will look to use this form to make it to the group stages, a feat they have not done since CAF changed the competition’s name in 1997.