By Douglas Mazune
Super League fixtures
Express v KCCA (Wankulukuku)
Kira Young v Proline (Namboole)
Soana v Bright Stars (Kavumba)
CRO v BUL (Mbale)
Simba v Vipers (Bombo)
WITH KCC FC aiming to top the table and Express FC threatened with relegation at the other end of the table, this fixture should, on paper, be a ‘no contest’. But then football is not played on paper most especially when it is traditional rivals that are facing off.
KCC coach George Nsimbe who has had countless bruising battles with Express as a player and coach will not be duped by the Red Eagles’ current position (4th from bottom) in the FUFA Super League.
Nsimbe recognises Express’ ability to rise to the big occasion despite having just won two of their 10 games this season.
“Traditionally games amongst KCC, Villa and Express are big. I respect Express and consider this game very important because we are playing a big team and we need to pick three points at Wankulukuku to lead the table,” said Nsimbe, who helped KCC win the title in the 2007/2008 season, after 10 years without silverware.
One of Express’ two wins was over Villa at Wankulukuku which is why Nsimbe cannot be complacent.
“We are not underrating Express. When they meet KCC they will change their attitude like they played against Villa,” Nsimbe cautioned.
KCC will have to get accustomed to life without dependable midfielder Hassan Wasswa and forward Herman Wasswa who left for Vietnam last month.
The Lugogo side will rely on the strike partnership of Tony Oduor and Julius Ogwang with Eddie Mubiru as the other option on the bench.
Express coach Frank ‘Video’ Anyau will be out to upstage KCC to deflect pressure off him.