Goals from Ibrahim Kayiwa, Ivan Ocholit and Tony Odur gave Express a 3-1 comfortable win against Bright Stars on Wednesday at the Betway Muteesa II Stadium, Wankulukuku.
Bright Stars’ only goal in the game was scored through Hamis Batega’s own goal later in the second half of the game.
The result is probably the best for Express this season and without a doubt the biggest under coach George Ssimwogerere.
It was also a clear indicator of what Bright Stars should expect when the two teams meet again in the Stanbic Uganda return leg semifinal.
The Red Eagles displayed a superb performance on the evening Fred Kajoba’s side was kept silent in the entire game.
Sadiq Ssekyembe was on the peak of his game on the day by grabbing a hat trick of assists on his first league start of the season.
Express kicked off in a high mood by finding the back of the net as earlier as the second minute of the game.
Kayiwa scored with a beautiful header off Ssekyembe’s sweet cross from the left, Bright Stars custodian Benson Wagima had no chance whatsoever of saving it.
Ivan Ocholit doubled Express’ lead with yet another header from Ssekyembe’s floating corner in the 35th minute of the game, Bright Stars all caught off guard in the process.
Odur made it 3-0 for the Red Army following yet another fantastic header from none another than Ssekyembe’s who swung in a free kick just three minutes into the second half.
Bright Stars were very poor defending aerial balls and this can explain why all the three Express’ goals came from aerial balls.
The visitors pulled one back when Batega connected in his own net with 18 minutes left on the clock when he tried to clear a corner.
The win is a signal for Ssimwogerere’s side that they will give whatever it takes to reach the finals of Stanbic Uganda Cup. Both sides will lock horns again in the semifinal second leg on May 9th, aggregate is tied at one all.