One of the Express FC starting XI this 2018-19 season ahead of a league match (Real media)

  By Martin Kaddu:

StarTimes Uganda premier league

Friday results

Express 0-0 Ndejje University

BUL 2-2 Nyamityobora

Paidha 1-1 Maroons

Tooro United 2-0 Bright Stars

Express FC ended the current StarTimes Uganda premier league first round seventh, three places below their season set target. The six-time champions were tasked by their shirt sponsors –Betway Uganda last year to finish in the top four as a season target and club chairman Kiryowa Kiwanuka believes that the target is achievable. “We shall not put pressure on the team but a top for finish is achievable,” Kiryowa noted during the Betway unveiling last year.  Express were held to a barren stalemate at home by relegation threatened Ndejje University on Friday at Betway Muteesa II stadium, Wankulukuku to head into the break with 21 points after 15 games. The Red Eagles have managed 5 wins, 6 draws and four losses –scoring 17 in the process against 16 conceded. There is however a commendable improvement from the Kefa Kisala side that survived relegation on the final day last season following the much valuable away victory at relegated Masavu in Entebbe. Express registered the longest losing streak by the end of last season first round –losing five games in a row. But with improved players’ welfare and probably squad beefing up during the current transfer window, the target could be attainable. Meanwhile, despite an attractive start to the season, Bright Stars had a losing end to first round after a 2-0 away loss to Tooro United. Mike Kawoya scored in first half before and Allan Kayiwa netted his 6th of the campaign after the break. Paidha Black Angels drew 1-1 at home against Maroons –with Saif Bate scoring for Maroons in the 6th minute before Jerry Adebu levelled for hosts in the second half. Paidha remained at the bottom with 7 points while Maroons remained 12th. BUL FC were held to a 2-2 draw by Nyamityobora at Njeru. Richard Wandayaka and Willis Otong scored for BUL while Mohammed Yiga and Dada Ibrahim salvaged a point for the Abanyakale. Nyamityobora are 3rd from bottom on the 16-team log with 9 points, a point above second last Ndejje University while BUL remained 5th. KCCA lead the table with 36 points, 7 above second placed Vipers SC that have two games in hand.

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