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Express back

Former champions Express FC, reeling after one of the worst starts to the season, returned to winning
ways after beating URA 1-0 in the Azam-sponsored Uganda Premier League match yesterday.

Dan Sserunkuma scored the lone winner, sending Express fans into rare celebrations at Mutesa II stadium Wankulukuku. The victory is Express’ second in five matches thus far.

In the recent months, Express has been in the news for wrong reasons, with persistent financial and administrative problems, which have dented hopes of the Red Eagles winning their first league title since 2012.

Express’ Dan Sserunkuma (L) and URA’s Julius Mutyaba contest for the ball at Wankulukuku yesterday

Their latest victory URA (one of the preseason title contenders) is not only big relief to coach Deo Bamweyana but could also be a catalyst for Express to re-energize their bid to win the league.

It is, however, too early into the season to start talking about the title race. But Express can understandably brag about yesterday’s victory, which thrust them into the top-ten on the sixteen-team UPL table with seven points.

Currently, former champions SC Villa, Police and Arua-based Onduparaka are tied on seven points from four games apiece. It means Express have played a game more than the trio.

Vipers SC lead the table standings with 10 points followed by Jinja-Kirinya on eight points. Defending champions KCCA, with six points from four games, are in seventh position.

In other matches played yesterday, Jinja-Kirinya defeated newcomers Masavu FC 1-0 while Maroons earned their first victory of the season after beating Bright Stars on the same score margin. With this victory, four place up from the bottom of the table.

Action in the league takes a break and resumes on Friday and Saturday at various venues in the country.

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