Express players not to blame for set piece goals

By Peter Tabu

Express FC head coach George Ssimwogerere has bizarrely leaped to the defense of his players especially when the team concedes goals through set pieces.

After their 2-1 win over Kirinya Jinja SSS on Wednesday, the Red Eagles have now conceded 29 goals this season but three of all those from set pieces have come in the last two games.

After John Revita gave them a 13th minute lead from 12 yards, Express’s Isaac Mutanga and Pius Mbidde gave away two clumsy freekicks.

KCCA FC equalized through a Mustafa Kizza set piece a minute to the break before Muzamir Mutyaba made it 2-1 in similar fashion in a game Allan Kyambadde completed the 3-1 victory.

And Just when you thought the defense was to blame for this, it’s far from that, the former Cranes skipper says set pieces are inevitable because of the individual brilliance of the opponents.

Express got the lead through Brian Umony after 29 minutes when he headed home Dissan Galiwango’s cross from the left.

Thirteen minutes into the second half Kirinya won a free kick, Jerome Kirya stepped up, forced it under the wall and passed Mathias Muwanga’s butterfly fingers to pull the visitors level.

“We conceded because of the set pieces which an individual technique, we stand poorly in freekicks and we should improve on that,” Ssimwogerere said after the game.

“A set piece is not a goal, it’s individual brilliance, for example against KCCA FC both freekick takers were good, they’ve done this over and over again I expect that to happen,” he added.

Arthur Kiggundu’s astray cross in the 59 minutes was miscalculated by Kirinya’s custodian Sanon Mulabi as Express gained their lead again.

“Kirinya Jinja was a decent side with young players who can play well but am happy we managed to get the win the boys played well.”

Express who have now racked up nine wins this season remain 11th on 36 points with two match days to go.

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