By Calvin Kayemba
Express FC host Soltilo Bright Stars on Friday at the Betway Muteesa II Stadium, Wankulukuku, but they will have their thoughts firmly on closing the gap to the league leaders.
Wasswa Bbosa’s side is cruising on a 12 game unbeaten run after a 2-0 victory over Tooro United on Wednesday. Martin Kizza bagged a brace for the side down in Fort Portal.
Express FC is third on the 16-team log with 26 points, three points adrift of second-placed Vipers SC and five points behind leaders KCCA FC.
“We aim to close the gap between our title rivals, and we want to defend our title,” Bbosa declared.
“We struggled with injuries and fatigue at the start of the season, but now the conditions have improved.”
“We are facing Bright Stars, who are not doing well at the moment, but it is a difficult side with the quality of players they have. However, we are prepared for them,” he stated.
Express will be are without defender Arthur Kiggundu and midfielder Abel Eturude who remain long term absentees.
“It is a hard game for us because Bright Stars are fighting for a win to come out of the relegation zone, but we are prepared,” captain Enoch Walusimbi said.
Bright Stars will seek to get their third win of the season after securing a 1-0 victory against SC Villa at home on Wednesday.
They have put up dismal performances this season with seven losses, two draws and two wins. Simon Peter Mugerwa’s side currently sits in 14th position with 10 points on the 16 team log of the topflight.
“We have corrected our mistakes in our previous matches, and we are looking forward to getting a win from tomorrow’s game because we have done everything during training, and we pray God helps us,” Marvin Joseph Youngman said.
Striker Emmanuel Loki and defender Warren Buule are all ruled out of the game through injuries. Andrew Kyambadde is a doubt as he continues to recover from a fever while youngster Ivan Irinimbabazi returns from suspension.
This will be the seventh meeting for both sides. The Red Eagles have won two times, losing once and drawing four times.