By Edwin Kyle Kule
There is still work to do with Express FC goalkeepers according to goalkeeping coach Daniel Kiwanuka and he acknowledges that he is impressed by the improvements he has seen so far.
Kiwanuka was acquired by the Red Eagles at the start of the season from KCCA FC on a two-year contract to replace club legend Sam Kawalya who stepped down from the role due health concerns.
“It’s one game at a time for the goalkeepers,” Kiwanuka was quoted by the Express website.
“First of all my goalkeepers have improved greatly from what they were during the pre-season sessions and am grateful for that.”
“We started with many new players so they needed to gel but I am happy the goalkeepers have stepped up, Yes we have conceded thrice but we have improved in each game,” the 45-year-old coach added.
Express is still unbeaten from four games played winning twice, drawing once conceding on three occasions something Kiwanuka has viewed as a step in the right direction.
The Red Eagles have four custodians in Mathias Muwanga, Denis Otim, Sadat Mugenyi and Chrispus Kusiima but only Muwanga has gotten a chance to showcase in between the goal posts.
When Kiwanuka was asked why only one custodian has played in all games at the club leaving the other three sidelined amidst their roving talents, he noted;
“Experience is key which explains why Muwanga has started but the other goalkeepers in Mugenyi, Otim and Kusiima know that they have to be ready because they can be called upon any time,” Kiwanuka concluded.
Muwanga has managed to keep only one clean sheet in the 1-0 win where they edged arch SC Villa at Betway Muteesa II Stadium, Wankulukuku from the four games played so far in the 2020/21 StarTimes Uganda Premier League season.
Express’ goalkeeping department have a great task ahead of them to do all it takes to avoid last season’s poor show which saw them concede 38 goals in 25 games.
Wasswa Bbosa’s charges are placed sixth on the 16-team log with eight points. The Betway sponsored side will face URA next at the Arena of Visions when the Uganda Premier League returns in February.