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STANBIC UGANDA CUP: Express fight back to claim first leg advantage over URA



Express FC 2-1 URA FC

Express FC came from a goal down to beat URA 2-1 in the first leg of the Stanbic Uganda Cup round of 16 encounter played at Wankulukuku.

Martin Kizza and Eric Kambale scored for the Red Eagles while striker Ibrahim Juma Dada netted from the Tax Collectors.

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Dada gave URA an early lead in the second minute of the game when received a brilliant ball from Kagimu and slotted it past Dennis Otim the Express goalkeeper of the day.

15 minutes later, the Red Eagles levelled matters through Kizza who was on a receiving end of a long Godfrey Lwesibawa throw in at the far post.

The second half resumption saw Express coach Wasswa Bbosa bring on Dan Shabena for John Toki Byamukama to add solidarity in the midfield.

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Express dominated the proceedings thereafter and nearly took the lead on 57 minutes through Kizza who failed to capitalize on a Benjamin Nyakoojo howler.

Kizza won possession from Nyakoojo right at the edge of the box but instead blasted the ball over the bar with only the keeper Nafian Alionzi to beat.

Kambale then gave Express a deserved lead in the 64th minute when he perfectly tapped home a well delivered Sadiq Ssekyembe corner kick from close range.

Sam Ssimbwa who had earlier brought on Ivan Serubiri for Julius Mutyaba in the first half, introduced Davis Ssali and Brian Nkuubi but none made impact for a much needed leveller.

The result means that Red Eagles have beaten URA on three occasions this season following an impressive double in the league.

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The two sides will meet again in the second leg at Ndejje’s Arena of Visions on Tuesday 4th.

Express FC XI; Dennis Otim (GK), Denis Mubuya, Sadiq Ssekyembe, Murushid Jjuuko, Enock Walusimbi, Mahad Yaya Kakooza (Ivan Mayanja), John Toki Byamukama (Daniel Shabena), Charles Musiige (Frank Kalanda), Eric Kambale, Martin Kizza (Ibrahim Kayiwa), Godfrey Lwesibawa

URA FC XI; Nafian Alionzi (GK), Ashraf Mandela, Brian Majwega, Benjamin Nyakoojo, Hudu Mulikyi, Paul Patrick Mboowa, Julius Mutyaba (Ivan Serubiri), Shafik Kagimu (Brian Nkuubi), Joackiam Ojera (Davis Ssali), Ibrahim Dada Juma, Moses Sseruyidde

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