Express and KCCA first-leg clash in the Uganda Cup at Wankulukuku ends goalless

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By Jimmy Patrick Alunyo

As expected the clash between the Red Eagles and the Kasasiro boys is never an easy fixture and it was evident yesterday as we saw the two teams battle their way to the semifinals of the Uganda Cup at Wankulukuku. The two teams had a quiet late afternoon as the each labored to poach something from the game, asking questions left and right and defending tightly at the same time.

The meeting was characterized by class versus intelligence as we witnessed the two record-holders play to a goalless stalemate in their first leg encounter of the Uganda Cup quarter-finals at Wankulukuku.

Both the first period and the second period showed no significance in respect to goal poaching as the two teams defended gallantly to deny each other a scoring chance in the game. Peter Magambo of KCCA put a stop to the attacking threats posed by Express FC sharp shooter Eric Kambale, frustrating him the whole afternoon.

The scoreline of 0:0 defined the encounter between the two sides, not as expected. In all honesty, the hosts were the most aggrieved after they were denied by Charles Lukwago late in the second half when he brushed a well-crafted free kick by Eric Kambale away to put it for a corner.

Express Football Club who are eyeing the league and cup double for the first time since 1995, will be distraught by the results as they needed to find something at their home.

KCCA also had a great chance of their own in the game when Charles Lwanga who led the line in the absence of injured Sadat Anaku saw his header brushed over the crossbar by goal keeper Steven Sserwadda. They will need to utilize their full home advantage next week when they face each other again in the return leg of this tie.

The 0:0 scoreline means that Express will need at least a scoring draw in the return leg or win it straight to qualify, whereas only a victory will do for KCCA to take them to the semis. But if it ends in a goalless draw again, the two heavyweights will need penalty kicks to separate boys from men.

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