Striker Eric Kambale netted the lone goal as Express FC defeated Gaddafi FC in a StarTimes Uganda Premier League game played on Friday afternoon
Kambale’s strike came mid-way the opening half to hand his side all the three points in a game played at the Betway Muteesa II Stadium, Wakulukuku.
It was all Express in the first 45 minutes of the game as they tried to break game’s deadlock early on, but were unlucky not to find the back of the net on several occasions.
Godfrey Lwesibawa missed from close range in 6th minute after being set up by Kambale while Charles Musige also blazed high from close range after being the first to react on a loose ball in the 9th minute.
After numerous attacks by the Red Eagles, the deadlock was finally broken in the 39th minute after Eric Kenzo Kambale rose highest to head in a Sadik Ssekyambe’s cornerkick to give his side the much needed and well deserved lead into the game.
It would have been two before the break but Gaddafi Goalkeeper Ronald Mutebi made two brilliant saves to deny Lwesibawa.
Mutebi parried away Lwesibawa’s ferocious shot in 43rd minute before easily collecting another a minute later.
Kambale also had a chance to double the scoreline before the break but he made a wrong choice as he choose to square to his teammates rather than to net into an empty net.
1-0 for Express and the game went into the break.
With his side trailing, Gaddafi head coach Peter Onen made a double substitution, bringing on Brian Kalumba and Amos Kirya for Frank Mulimi and Jamaldin Buchochera respectively with hope that his side can find rhyme to level matters.
With the introduction of the pair, Gaddafi started dominating some game’s proceedings but still lacked that cutting edge upfront to turn the few chances they fashioned into goals.
Enock Ssebagala, who came on for Lwesibawa had first shot on target in the closing half as his effort was puffed away Mutebi in the 69th minute.
Two minutes later, Express fashioned another chance, but still Mutebi was excellent to parry away George Ssenkaaba’s curved effort.
Charles Musiige missed a brilliant chance to put his side twice ahead as he placed his effort wide after being set through by Ssenkaaba to come one-on-one with onrushing Mutebi.
In the last minutes of the game, Gaddafi tried to level matters but Express held on to secure all the points.
Victory takes Express FC to fifth on the Uganda Premier League log with 19 points garnered in 11 games while Gaddafi drops to 11th on the log with 13 points.
In the next fixtures, Express will play log leaders KCCA FC away from home while Gaddafi will battle Onduparaka.