Express’ run of indecent results against teams based in Jinja, continued after yet another defeat against Busoga United at the Mighty Arena in Jinja on Friday, January 2020.
The Red Eagles fell to a 2-0 defeat, as Busoga completed home and away victories for the first time since they gained promotion in 2016.
But Express captain Disan Galiwango was left infuriated with the level of refereeing on the day.
“The referee should be man of the match,” an infuriated Galiwango said after the game.
Despite a few 50-50 fouls going against Express, while a few other fouls were left to pass, Ronald Madanda had a pretty good evening in charge of the game.
The penalty decision was even more genuine, as defender Joseph Zziwa did not get to the ball, taking out Ivan Wani instead. Defender Muhamad Yiga nearly saw red for an elbow on Paul Ssekulima.
Wani gave Busoga United the lead in the 49th minute, his glancing header at the near post from David Bagoole’s header putting the hosts in the lead.
Boban Zirintusa then added a second with 10 minutes to go from the spot, after Wani was brought down inside the area.
Express’ last and only away victory to Busoga came in 2017, Mahad Yaya Kakooza’s solo goal guiding them to victory. Express has won just once since, winning 2-1 in April 2019.
Galiwango acknowledges that it was never going to be easy picking up a result against Busoga especially at their home.
“We knew it was not going to be easy especially at their home, but we had enough to pick up a result. We were not helped by the confusion about licenses before the game,” he added.
Galiwango and the other members of Express front trio Frank Kalanda and Frank Ssenyondo had scored 17 of the club’s 20 goals so far this season, but they were kept silent the entire evening.
“It was a hard game for us, they did not give us any space to operate. We expected that, and knew we had to work hard but probably not as hard we ought to have.”
“We now focus on the next game, and the games ahead but this has been a wakeup call,” he continued.
The six-time champions visit Police FC at the StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo next week on Wednesday 15th, January.