Express FC captain Enock Walusimbi saw red on his debut at the club, as 10-man Express were held to a 1-1 draw against Onduparaka at the Greenlight Stadium in Arua.
Express went ahead inside 10 minutes through the club’s top scorer last season Frank Kalanda who opened his account from the penalty spot after he was brought down inside the penalty area by defender Mahdi Ajobe.
Express were the better side in the first 20 minutes of the game, and nearly had a second but Eric Kambale scuffed a glorious opportunity from close range.
Onduparaka managed to grow into the game and looked dangerous especially in set pieces, but the visitors managed to hold on and take their lead into half time.
Onduparaka returned the better team and kept their press for an equaliser, but they found Express’ resolve hard to beat, with Murushid Juuko and Walusimbi’s combination at the heart of defence holding out.
In the 67th minute, Onduparaka were awarded a penalty after Walusimbi handled a goal bound effort following a goalmouth scuffle.
Walusimbi saw red amidst protest from Express FC players, while Kabon Living kept a cool head to send goalkeeper Mathias Muwanga the wrong way and draw the Caterpillars level.
Express almost restored their lead shortly after, but Abel Eturude who was playing against his former employers failed to connect with the ball after the ball luckily fell in his path.
The stalemate was the fourth to be registered on the matchday one of the Uganda Premier League 2020/21 season.
Express now wait for the confirmation of whether their second game against Vipers will be played as planned. If the game is postponed, the Red Eagles will return to action on December 12 at home to Bright Stars.
Onduparaka on the other hand make the trip to Kampala where they visit KCCA FC at the MTN Omondi Stadium on Tuesday, December 8.
Onduparaka FC XI: Augustine Opoka (GK), Alex Adriko, Rashid Okocha, Shaban Wasswa, Derrick Ochen, Mahdi Ajobe, Moses Okot, Joel Jangeyambe, Amis Muwonge, Allan Busobozi, Living Kabon
Express FC XI: Mathias Muwanga, Abel Eturude, Denis Mubuya, Murushid Juuko, Frank Kalanda, Eric Kambale, Ibrahim Kayiwa, Arthur Kiggundu, Godfrey lwesibawa, Daniel Shabena, Enock Walusimbi