The reigning Uganda Premier League champions Express FC will lockhorns with BUL FC in a bid to sort the remaining slot of the Stanbic Uganda Cup final this Thursday, September 23 at FUFA Technical Center, Njeru.
Whoever emerges victorious when it is all said and done will tussle it out with Vipers SC-whose 2-0 win against Police FC on Tuesday this week has already bought them a ticket to the Sunday, September 26 tournament final.
The Red Eagles approach the game having uncharacteristically bowed out of the CAF Champions League at the preliminary round on away goals rule following a 2-2 aggregate scoreline against Sudan heavyweight Al-Merreikh on Sunday last week.
According to the head coach Wasswa Bbosa though, the loss is already behind them and that they took the positives and used them to adequately prepare for BUL in a game-at-a-time strategy.
“Yes we were eliminated from the champions league but we had a fantastic experience and learnt a thing or two,” Bbosa told the club media ahead of the semifinal.
“We shall need to bring the good things we learnt from there into the league in order to improve ourselves and the competition at large.”
When posed a question about their Uganda Cup semifinal game against the Jinja side BUL FC which is on the horizon, Bbosa highlighted the need for them to follow their strategy to the latter.
“Our strategy is clear, one game at a time, the champion league game against Al-Merreikh was the only thing on our minds last week and we are now completely focused on BUL.”
“They are a strong side with good coaches and players. We can not, therefore, underestimate them. The players already know this,” he added.
“We respect them but a win is what we are looking forward to because we want to go all the way and win the tournament as a consolation to ourselves and the fans for the early exit from the champions league,” Bbosa noted.
George Ssenkaaba expounded on the possibility of the team claiming a treble following their triumph in both the CECAFA and the Uganda Premier League earlier this year.
“After the Champion League ejection, everyone is now focused on the Uganda Cup. We know there are still two hurdles but we can go all the way and win it so that we can win a treble,” he said.
Ssenkaaba’s confidence might just be informed by the fact that the Red Eagles have a pool of players to choose from especially with the in-form Erick Kambale, Martin Kizza, Godfrey Lwesibawa all available for selection.
The two sides have met sixteen times so far and BUL have dominated the fixture with seven wins compared to Express FC’s four while five have been stalemates. Express however dominated the fixture last season with a home and away record.
The Wankulukuku side eliminated KCCA FC (with whom they tie at 10 trophies) on away goals rule en route to the semifinals following a 1-1 aggregate draw while BUL FC eliminated Big League side Proline FC with a 2-1 aggregate scoreline.
With new players ineligible to play, Alex Isabirye could rely more on Junior players given the fact they released a host of players that made their squad last season.