- August 14, 2021
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Express FC Crowned CECAFA Kagame Cup Winners
Express FC has for the primary time in their history won the CECAFA Kagame Cup, after edging Malawi’s Nyasa Big Bullets 1-0 at the Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on Saturday.
Martin Kizza’s 22nd-minute goal was enough to seal the triumph for the Red Eagles, who have now become the fourth Ugandan side to win the regional crown, joining KCCA FC, SC Villa and Police FC.
This has been Express’ third appearance within the Kagame final , after reaching the ultimate in 1994 and 1995, losing both finals to Sudan’s El Merrikh and Tanzania’s Simba respectively.
Express has been unstoppable throughout the tournament, winning about one among their five games. Only Big Bullets had dared substitute the Red Eagle’s way, holding them to a 1-1 attract their earlier encounter within the group stages.
Bbosa maintained an equivalent starting lineup that prevailed within the semi-final against KMKM.
Kizza scored the sole goal of the sport after 20 minutes from Erick Kambale’s pass. The goal was the winger’s first within the tournament and Express’ eighth in total.
Big Bullets nearly found the equaliser within the 36th minute, but Bright Munthali did not find the target five yards ahead of the goal.
Bbosa made some quick technical changes early within the last half . Charles Musiige replaced George Senkaaba within the 46th minute, as assistant captain Abel Etrude came on for Muzamiru Mutyaba minutes later, understandably to guard the backline.
And it did pay off as Express managed to carry onto their slender advantage and win their first regional crown in history, claiming the title from rivals KCCA who won it in 2019.
Highlight on both Teams Line up
Express starting XI: Joel Mutakubwa (GK), Enock Walusimbi (C), Arthur Kiggundu, Murushid Juuko, Issa Lumu, Muzamiru Mutyaba, Mahad Kakooza, John Byamukama, Martin Kizza, Godfrey Lwesibawa, Erick Kambale
Subs: Dennis Otim, Chrispus Kusiima, Denis Mubuya, Charles Musiige, Daniel Shabene, Ivan Mayanja, George Senkaaba, Faisal Ssekyanzi
Big Bullets starting XI: Rabson Chiyenda, Gomezhani Chirwa, Nickson Nyasulu, Sankhani Mkandawire, Yamikani Fodya, Chimango Kayira, Chimwemwe Idana (C), Precious Phiri, McFarlane Mgwira, Babatunde Adepoju, Bright Munthali
Subs: Ernst Kahobwe, Erick Kaonga, Anthony Mfune, Paul Kasungwi, Chiukepo Msowoya, Hassan Kajoke, Blessings Mpokera, Miracle Gabeya, Benson Manyozo