The stage has already is set in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Only two teams are still standing, just 90 minutes left to be played, and one trophy all to fight for at the Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium.
Express FC from Uganda will battle for glory with Malawi’s Nyasa Big Bullets in the CECAFA Kagame Cup final.
It is only The Red Eagles’ third time at the finals in the competition, and they seem more likely to win it this time than ever. It will be their first time if they clinch the title.
KCCA, Villa and Police are the only Ugandan sides to have won the trophy before. Express only got so close in 1994 and 1995 when they reached finals, but lost both.
Express FC former captain and coach George Ssimwogerere, who captained the Wankulukuku side to both finals in 1994 and 1995, has predicted that the two sides have an equal chance of winning the title given that they are playing on a neutral ground.
In the last bend to the final, Big Bullets beat Azam on penalties as Express defeated KMKM FC 2-1.
Express boasts of its well-balanced side with a blend of quality and experience. Their defence comprising of Murushid Juuko, Issa Lumu, Arthur Kiggundu and Enoch Walusimbi has been solid, conceding only thrice in the tournament.
Express attackers are proven game-winners. Muzamiru Mutyaba and Eric Kambale have scored three goals each. Godfrey Lwesibawa who returns for the final after missing the semis due to suspension has scored twice.
Only Big Bullets have dared stand in the Red Eagles way in the tournament. The Malawians held Express to a 1-1 draw when the two teams met in the group stages. Wasswa Bbosa’s men have won all the other games.
Both camps are optimistic as they look forward to Saturday’s game. No serious injuries have been reported so far.
Bbosa is expected to start with the almost same eleven that played in the semi-final. Lwesibawa, who returns for the final, might be drawn straight back into the squad in the place of George Ssenkaaba.
Express FC probable XI: Joel Mutakubwa (GK), Enock Walusimbi (C), Arthur Kiggundu, Murushid Juuko, Issa Lumu, Muzamiru Mutyaba, Mahad Kakooza, John Byamukama, Martin Kizza, Godfrey Lwesibawa, Erick Kambale
Subs: Dennis Otim, Chrispus Kusiima, Denis Mubuya, Charles Musiige, Daniel Shabene, Ivan Mayanja, George Senkaaba, Faisal Ssekyanzi
Big Bullets probable XI: Ernst Kahobwe, Erick Kaonga, Nickson Nyasulu, Miracle Gabeya, Gomezhani Chirwa, Chimango Kayira, Chimwemwe Idana, Benson Manyozo, McFarlane MG’wira, Babatunde Adepoju, Bright Munthali
Subs: Rabson Chiyenda, Sankhani Mkandawire, Yamikani Fodya, Anthony Mfune, Paul Kasungwi, Precious Phiri, Chiukepo Msowoya, Hassan Kajoke, Blessings Mpokera