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Express FC: the last title winning Red Eagles’ squad and where they are now

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Express FC under the guidance of Sam Ssimbwa and his Assistant Wasswa Bbosa won their 6th league title in the 2011/12 season against all odds after finishing seventh the previous season.

Ssimbwa and Bbosa assembled a team that snatched the title narrowly ahead Bunamwanya and URA FC.

Express FC won the title with 54 points, one ahead Bunamwanya (now Vipers SC) who finished second and two ahead of URA FC who finished third – they beat Bidco 2-1 in the final game to end a 16-year wait.

It was a controversial title for the Mukwano gw’abangi after leapfrogging both Bunamwaya and URA FC after Fire Masters were eliminated by FUFA from the Bell Uganda Super League league for failing to honor three of their fixtures.

Express FC, who had played and won just one game against the Kibuli based side lost only three points when Fire Masters were banned as while to Bunamwaya and URA FC who had won both and were leading the standings lost six points each.

Today, after more than eight years of waiting, we make a follow up on the team that won the Red Eagle’s sixth and last league title and where they are.

Jamal Salim Magoola

Jamal Salim in goal for KCCA FC after leaving Express | Daily Monitor Photo Courtesy

Jamal Salim who was the goalkeeper at Express FC then joined KCC FC after the 2011-12 season and went on to win two league titles with the Kasasiro Boys (2012-13 and 2013-14 ) before joining Sudanese El- Merrikh in 2014 and now at El-Hilal Club.

Phillip Ssozi

The Midfielder retired after 2013-14 season and he is now the coach in charge of the SC Villa Junior side that plays in the FUFA Junior league.

Kazibwe Ismail

Kazibwe Ismail in action for Express in one of the UPL encounters | Daily Monitor

The left-back returned to Express FC in the 2017-18 season at the end of which he left to join Buganda Regional League side Kajjansi United, a team he is at right now

Bonny Baingana

The Midfielder left Express to join Rwanda’s APR before moving to Sweden for his Swedish trek, playing for Somaliska, Huddinge IF, IFK Viksjö, Huddinge IF, and Vaxjo United in just 5 years.

He currently plies his trade for Ultimate Concern IF in Swedish Division 7A Stockholm.

Yayo Lutimba

The left-back who played for URA FC and Vipers SC after leaving Express featured for SC Villa in the StarTimes UPL 2019-20 season. He is now a free agent.

Willy Kavuma

The Midfielder now plays for Tooro United, which was relegated to the FUFA Big league at the end of the 2019-20 StarTimes UPL season.

Erisa Ssekisambu

Ssekisambu celebrates one of his goal at Express | Kawowo Sports Photo Credit

The forward joined SC Villa, Vipers SC, Gor Mahia, and joined for KCCA FC in 2019 on a one-year employment contract. He is now a free agent after his contract with the Lugogo based side expired.

Edgar Luzige

He left Express FC for BUL FC in 2014 and signed a 3-year deal at the Jinja based club. In 2017, he was among the 17 players that were released by Club. He joined SC Villa ahead of the 2018-19 season.

He now plies his trade with Buganda Regional League side Kajjansi United.

Omar Hitimana

Omar in Acton for Express in one of the games against Brights Stars at Wakulukuku

He currently plays in the Futsal Super League for Equator FC.

Rogers Lukwiya

After leaving the Red Eagles, He had a short spell at KCCA FC and Soana FC before joining the Chinese lower-tier side Guiyang Hongrun Huagong FC in 2019 for a one-year employment contract. He is currently a free agent after his contract expiration with the Chinese club.

Kasozi Bob

The defender joined URA FC before switching to Onduparaka FC in 2017. He went for trials to China and after two weeks he joined Guangzhou Colliers in 2017.

Ogwang Julius

He has now retired and he is the head coach of Teso Progressive Academy, a team that plays in North East regional league.

Ivan Sserunkuma

The Midfielder was last seen playing in the Buganda Biika tournament for Ndiga in 2018.

Geoffrey Ssentongo

Last sighted at Simba SC at the start of the 2014/15 season.

Hashim Sempala

The Midfielder left Express FC in 2013 to join URA FC before switching to Jinja outfits BUL FC before the 2014/15. He crossed borders in 2016 to join Kenyan giants Gor Mahia and now plies his trade at Tusker FC.

Mukasa Musa

 

One of the longest-serving players for the Red Eagles. The defender left Express FC to join Tooro United in 2018 but after the expiration of his contract at Tooro, it is believed he will be back at Wakulukuku ahead of the 2020/21 StarTimes UPL season.

Hamzah Lutalo

Hamzah Lutalo is currently among the Uganda U17 National team coaching staff.

He joined Mutundwe Lions after leaving Express FC, and now he heads the coaching staff at Rays of Grace Academy/Junior School since 2019, Richmond High School all the way from 2008. He is also part of the coaching staff of the Uganda U17 National team.


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