So far, so good for Express FC, who are enjoying an impressive season, seated third on the 16-team log on 49 points, two adrift of leaders URA FC, who are on 51 points.
But according to head coach Wasswa Bbosa, his side cannot afford to make any mistakes if they are to end their nine-year wait for silverware.
The current form sees the Wankulukuku based side on a four-win streak, with their latest win coming away to Kyetume FC on Wednesday, closing the gap on front runners URA and Vipers SC.
They host UPDF FC at the Betway Muteesa II Stadium, with a chance of going to the top of the table if results elsewhere go their way.
“We are facing a side which started the league well and topped the table for some time and beat us in the first round,” Bbosa told the club’s media ahead of the game.
“Despite dropping a little now, as a new team in the league, their target may be to stay up, so they do not have a lot of pressure on them because that is almost achieved.”
“At the moment, it is us that are under pressure because there is no room for error, we have seven games remaining, and those are seven finals. We need to try and win every game,” Bbosa added.
The Red Eagles last won a trophy in 2012 when they were crowned league champions under the guidance of Sam Ssimbwa with Bbosa as his assistant.
Following a one-all draw between Vipers and URA in midweek, the title race is now widely open especially, between the Tax Collectors, the Venoms and the Red Eagles.
“We are lucky as a team that the situation and the table looks like that. It shows you that in football you never give up, you have to keep fighting.”
“That is what we are going to continue doing until the final game of the season,” Bbosa noted
Express take on one of the only two sides they have lost to this season – the other being Bright Stars. Alex Kittata scored the only goal of the game as UPDF edged Bbosa’s side in the reverse fixture.
UPDF head coach Kefa Kisala will be completing his two-much suspension from the club but will hope his men get the job done against his former side.
The Army side will rely on players like Brian Kayanja and Brian Kalumba for goals. UPDF is seated seventh on the table on 33 points.
Express will once again be looking up to forward Eric Kambale who is in red-hot form scoring a hat-trick against Kyetume – seven goals in the last five games across all competitions.
Defender Arthur Kiggundu returns after missing the last two months with injury, while forward George Ssenkaaba continues as a long-term absentee through injury.
The two sides have met seven times in the league previously, both winning thrice, while the other fixture ended up in a draw.