Express FC may still have the appeal and allure, the brand of football they brandish on the pitch is a far cry from that and their barren draw with Mbarara City on Tuesday is evident.
Even in front of a passionate red sea of fans backing them hoarse at the Betway Mutesa II Stadium, Wankulukuku and a former captain in the shape of George Ssemwogerere in the dugout, Express just didn’t have what it takes within their locker to kill the game by its straps.
But for a team that has not had it easy against the league’s top boys in the last few years, this should be a result Express FC take home with mixed emotions.
It may flatter Express more than they deserve but in all honesty, had their forwards in Tony Odur, Michael Birungi and later Brian Umony been a yard sharper then Mbarara City would have definitely walked home licking their wounds.
This result means Express leapfrog Police FC into ninth position though this could be on temporary basis seeing that they’ve played a game more than the Cops.
A situation that could have been better taking into account the words of Ssemwogerere.
“First of all, for them (Mbarara City) they also came to attack but how many chances did they get?” Ssemwogerere asked in the post-match press conference before adding. “Nothing! For us (Express) we got almost 4 chances but we didn’t finish them.”
For a game that was wanting of creativity, this clearly shows Express were hoping to ride their luck and walk away with maximum points but they lacked that final cutting edge.
This was all telling in their squad as their manager inadvertently pointed it out when asked on what kind of job he thinks he’s done while at the helm of Mukwano Gwabangi.
“First of all this is not my recruitment. I’m just doing a job to make sure that the boys are happy and they can play what they can play.”
“Because if it was my recruitment, they’d have been a very good bench but I look at the bench, who I can put in except Badru [Nsubuga],” he noted.
Up next for the Red Eagles will be a Stanbic Uganda Cup engagement against stubborn opponents in the shape of BUL FC at the quarterfinal stage.