July 5, 2022

Express may yet again need to sign a full team

By Brian Aheebwa
Express FC pose for a team photo before they faced Arua Hill on the opening day of the 2021/2022 StarTimes Uganda Premier League / Express FC Image

Ahead of the 2020/21 season, Express FC parted ways with over 18 players, and in return, signed the same number.

What goes around comes around they say, and the Wankulukuku-based side may find themselves in a relatively similar situation.

Most of the players that were signed were handed a two-year contract each and the majority are out of contract.

Of course, the club will try to renew the contracts of some players, but, that could prove a bit expensive because it is the players to state their terms. After all, they are free agents.

Meaning that the club management will need to sit down and set their priorities right on which players they need most, table for them deals, and see a way forward.

On the other hand, some of these players have already decided to move on and this leaves Express with huge gaps given that the players being talked about, the majority have been part of the first team for the past two years.

Three halves of the players they signed between 2020 and 2022 are out of contract and this may bring memories of going to the market and signing almost the entire team.

Express had a successful maiden season with these players when they won the Uganda Premier League and the CECAFA Inter-Club Championship.

The above could have blindfolded them not realizing that the contracts of players were running out.

A successful 2020/21 season was followed by a hectic 2021/22 season and in the blink of an eye the players’ contracts are up and the majority of them are open to exiting the club.

Captain Enoch Walusimbi, Murushid Juuko, Martin Kizza, George Ssenkaaba, Charles Musiige, John Byamukama, Godfrey Lwesibawa, Abel Eturude, and Mahad Yaya Kakooza are some of the household players out of contract at Express.

Juuko, Kizza, Lwesibawa, Kakooza, Byamukama, and Isa Lumu are reportedly set to reunite with their former coach Wasswa Bbosa at Gaddafi FC.

Bbosa was sacked by Express in February, and he was succeeded by his assistant James Odoch.

The managerial issue is something else Express needs to sort out because Odoch was handed the head coach role on an interim basis until the end of last season, a period that has elapsed.

Express will need to resolve their problems as fast as they can because, before the new Ugandan football season starts, they have a CECAFA trophy to defend.

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