Looks like Express FC’s hopes of winning silverware this season are gaining consciousness after they advanced to the quarter finals of the Stanbic Uganda Cup.
Express defeated Police 4-1 on penalties after a barren draw at the Betway Muteesa II Stadium Wankulukuku.
Mathias Muwanga was the hero of the day after he saved Juma Balinya and Edgar Bwogi’s penalties with only Ruben Kimera converting for Police.
Michael Birungi, Disan Galiwango, Lawrence Kigonya and Tony Odur all scored their spot kicks for Express FC, in what can be termed as end to end game.
But at the same time a cagey affair started with intense pressure which saw off Express’ Michael Birungi missing a sitter.
With Davies Mutebi in the Police game at his mercy, Birungi sent his shot over the bar just after two minutes.
Disan Galiwango has been Express’ best player so far and he showed flashes of that brilliance in 18th minute, his shot was not heavy enough.
Police’s first clear cut chance came in the 21st minute, Balinya beat Muwanga but his attempt went out begging when concentrating was better than rushing.
Ten minutes later, Ibrahim Kayiwa found himself one on one with Mutebi, the former couldn’t capitalise.
Police’s captain Paul Willa was at one point also needed to clear Kayiwa’s attempt off the line to keep the visitors into the game.
Both sides kept on looking for an opener but their attempts were fruitless to force the game into spot kicks.
It was sweet revenge for Express who lost to Police 2-0 in the league the last time they played at home. The same game led to the sacking of Kefa Kisala and ushered in Ssemwogerere.
Express joins Bright Stars, Proline, Kyetume, Vipers, Nebbi Central, BUL and Wakiso Giants in the last eight.
In their first league game at home under Ssemwogerere, Express will host struggling Maroons on Thursday.
Express (4) 0-0 (1) Police
URA 1-2 Bright Stars
Proline 2-1 Onduparaka
Kitara FC 0-1 Kyetume FC
Vipers SC 1-0 Kiboga Young
Nebbi Central 1-0 Nkambi Coffee
BUL FC 4-1 Bukedea T/C
Wakiso Giants (4) 0-0 (2) Tooro United