Express FC has gone six league games minus winning, having lost four straight games to Bright Stars FC, Wakiso Giants FC, Arua Hill SC, and KCCA FC before drawing against Vipers SC and Maroons FC.
They will conclude their first round against Lira outfit Blacks Power FC at Wankulukuku on Wednesday, and, assistant coach Eric Ndifuna is confident that they will be returning to winning ways.
“We are going to play against a team that is playing in the league for the first time and the first challenge is that they usually have unpopular names of players who can cause problems,” Ndifuna told the club media ahead of the game.
“But I am confident that we are going to win the game because the players’ minds are all set on getting the three points as we finish the first round.”
“When you look at our previous two games against Vipers and Maroons the players put up a strong performance even though we shared the points.”
“The target is to finish the first round with a win that will take us to 19 points so that we can build on that when we return for the second round,” he noted.
Express and Blacks Power will be meeting for the first time because the latter was promoted to the Uganda Premier League for the first time at the start of this season.
Coming into Wednesday’s encounter, Express and Blacks Power had similar results from their previous game, as the former drew 1-1 with Maroons, the latter too shared spoils with Onduparaka FC in a 1-1 stalemate.
Six points separate the two on the 15-team UPL log with Express placed ninth with 16 points compared to Blacks Power’s 10 points in the 13th position.
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