Express FC couldn’t be any more motivated ahead of their Stanbic Uganda Cup first leg semi-final against Bright Stars on Sunday.
The joint record winners (10 tittles) with KCCA FC have a target of winning the Uganda Cup to qualify for continental football next season.
George Ssimwogerere has calmed down fears of his side not having the financial muscle to compete on the continent if they when the Stanbic Uganda Cup.
“We have prepared well for this game but I also want to tell everyone that Express FC are in this to win the cup,” Ssimwogerere told journalists on Friday before adding.
“Our Chairman Mr KK told us before we lost to KCCA FC that he has Ugx 1b to spend on the continent if we win the cup so people should know we are serious.”
Ssimwogerere who was in charge when Express last won the cup in 2007 is also the only former player to ever win three cup titles with the same club had no kind words for the playing surface at the Champions stadium in Mwererwe.
“The surface in Mwererwe is terrible, it’s a shame a cup semi-final this huge can be played on such a surface.”
“This is taking football backwards, with corporate sponsors involved, whoever is involved must do better,” A tough talking Ssimwogerere said sending the press conference into laughter.
The game comes early for captain Isaac Mutanga, strikers Eric Kambale and Tony Odur will be subjected to late fitness test though.
Both sides come into the tie in buoyant form, Bright Stars having beaten BUL 2-1 in Jinja in their last outing, Express edged Kirinya at the Betway Muteesa II Stadium with the same margin.
It’s against that background that Bright Stars who are making their first semi-final appearance are basing on to fight for a result according to their assistant coach Paul Kiwanuka.
“We know Express have the experience at this stage but we are not buoyed by that, the team wants to make the final so we are ready to give our all, being home is certainly an added advantage,” Kiwanuka stated.
The other semi-final tie featuring big league sides Kyetume and Proline will take place on Monday with the first leg away in Mukono and Shafick Bisaso, Proline’s head coach is equally ready.
“Focus has been on the promotional fight, but our attention has switched to the cup, many think Proline won’t do much but you all will be surprised, we are ready for Monday” Bisaso revealed.
The eventual winner will walk away with UGX40M as cash price but also qualify to represent Uganda in the 2019/2020 Total CAF Confederations Cup. The Stanbic Uganda cup winner walks away with Ugx 40M as prize money.
The losing semi-finalist are entitled to UGX10M, while the quarterfinalists be the taking home UGX5M, while UGX2.5 is what the round of 16 candidates take home.