Express FC captain Enock Walusimbi believes that a point off champions Vipers was good enough for his side, though he admits they did enough over the 90 minutes to warrant at least a draw.
Express and Vipers played to a 1-1 draw at the Betway Muteesa II Stadium in what was Express’ first game since the league took a two-months break in December.
The draw means that Express keep their unbeaten start to the season while they also etend their unbeaten run at home against since losing 2-1 to the Venoms in 2017.
“I think a point off Vipers is not bad,” Walusimbi told media, before adding; They came here off the back of a 7-0 victory, and came to Wankulukuku with that hype.”
But I felt that we also had chances to go three up by half time and that would have made it much easier for us in the game.”
“Had we taken our chances especially before the break, then we were confident that we could shut them out in the second half, then we would be able to take all three points,” he added.
The game failed to live up to the hype and pedigree of the game as both sides struggled to impose themselves on the day.
The game was slow, uncoordinated, devoid of creativity, and panicky from either side save for the 15-minute episode at the start of the second half that produced the goals.
The Red Eagles had the best chance of the first half, Godfrey Lwesibawa’s cut-back finding Eric Kambale but the striker shot straight at Mutombora.
Express went ahead early in the first half, Lwesibawa’s ferocious free kick deflected past Mutombora by Galiwango.
Vipers drew level immediately, also benefitting from a deflection on Watambala’s curling free-kick which left goalkeeper Mathias Muwanga wrong footed in the 59th minute.
Express FC climbed to sixth on the table on nine points from five games. Vipers also climbed to second on the log on 11 points, a point below leaders UPDF FC.
Vipers will host the leaders in their next game while Express travel to Ndejje to visit URA FC on Saturday, February 13.