Express Football Club skipper Enock Walusimbi has conceded they were pushed by fans’ pressure to win the CECAFA Kagame Cup.
A Martin Kizza goal in a 1-0 victory against Nyasa Big Bullets helped the Red Eagles secure their first regional trophy in history, and Walusimbi credits the push from the fans.
“The pressure from the fans has driven us so much. They have supported us fully, I saw two ladies supporting us from the stands at the final, and I told the lads we had to win,” he revealed to NTV Pressbox.
Walusimbi paid special tribute to the club’s administration as well for their triumphant journey to Tanzania and overall season.
“The organization from the club administration was amazing, the chairman (Kiryowa Kiwanuka) motivated us, and I think this has kept us going.”
“Coach Bbosa (Wasswa) treats us as his children. It is family within our team, Murushid Juuko, Joel Mutakubwa, Isa Lumu, and everyone receives the same treatment, and that has been key,” he spoke of the togetherness in the team.
Walusimbi also revealed that despite going to Dares Salaam half-fit, they carried on steadily including defeating Yanga FC 3-1 in what he termed as the easiest match at the tournament.
“It took us some time to settle because we were not fit enough having been out for long. Yanga was our easiest game. They are a good team, but they struggled to pass the ball in the second half, and it became easier for us.”
Express is on course to a historical treble having already clinched the Uganda premier league as well. They face Bul Bidco in the semifinal of the Uganda cup as they rally for a third trophy in one season.