By Baron Kironde
Uganda Premier League (UPL) leaders URA FC are out of the Stanbic Uganda Cup after failing to win at home against Express FC.
The Tax Collectors played out a goalless draw with The Red Eagles at the Ndejje Arena of Visions, Bombo.
Express have qualified to the last eight after jealously protecting their precious 2-1 aggregate advantage they secured at the Betway Muteesa II Stadium, Wankulukuku.
For four times this season, Sam Simbwa’s URA have failed to win against Wasswa Bbosa’s Express FC condemning the tax collectors to home and away losses in the league.
This season alone, URA has fallen twice to Express in the UPL, once in the Uganda Cup round of sixteen first leg, plus today’s draw.
The game was delayed for 20 minutes after its scheduled kick-off time due to the heavy rains that flooded the pitch.
After several minutes of clearing the water-logged pitch, the game got underway at 4:20 PM, centre referee Ssali Mashoodi handling proceedings.
Ssimbwa made two changes from the team that played the first leg as Arafat Galiwango and Hannington Sebwalunyo started.
Steven Mukwala passed a late fitness test and only made it to the bench but came in as early as the 38 minute to replace injured Ibrahim Dada.
No goals were recorded in the first half as both teams approached the game with so much caution before the break.
With the aggregate result stagnant at 2-1 from the first leg, the effect was to the visitors’ advantage, prompting URA to push more than Express.
The goalless proceedings frustrated the home side the most. In the 37th minute, URA captain Shafik Kagimu was cautioned in the process.
URA kept pressing hard throughout the second half, but the Red Eagles were disciplined enough to walk away with a draw and progress to the next round.
How the teams lined up
URA FC XI: Hannington Ssebwalunyo (GK), Ashraf Mandela, Brian Majwega, Benjamin Nyakoojo, Arafat Galiwango, Hudu Mulikyi, Mbowa Patrick, Seruyide Moses, Kagimu Shafik (C), Joachim Ojera, Ibrahim Dada
Express FC XI: Denis Otim (GK), Denis Mubuya, Sadiq Ssekyembe, Murushid Juuko, Enock Walusimbi, Mahad Kakooza, Daniel Shabene, Charles Musiige, Godfrey Lwesibawa, Martin Kizza, Eric Kambale