Express FC host Bright Stars on Thursday 9th May in the second leg of the 2019 Stanbic Uganda Cup semifinals at Wankulukuku.
The first leg at Mwererwe ended in a one-all draw with Michael Birungi scoring for the Red Eagles before Bright Stars equalized through Nelson Senkatuka from the penalty spot.
Bright Stars will need to score to have any chance of qualifying for the final because a 0-0 draw will favour the Red Eagles due to the away goals’ rule.
Bright Stars will definitely put their hopes in their skipper Nelson Senkatuka to lead them from the front. He scored 5 goals in their 6-1 win against Paidha Black Angels on the last day of the league, finishing the league with 16 goals.
The Red Eagles have won the Uganda Cup a record 10 times shared with KCCA, the last time they were in the semifinals in 2017 they were eliminated by KCCA 3-2 on aggregate.
Bright Stars are in the semifinals for the first time in their history.
Team News from Express FC website; Eric Kambale was injured in the game against KCCA FC at Lugogo but he is expected to be back.
Mathias Muwanga, the goalkeeper didn’t travel with the team to Arua on Saturday. He was injured in light training with the squad which remained in Kampala and he will be monitored to see his readiness on Thursday.
Hamis Batega, the defender traveled with the team to Arua and played the entire match. However, he is suffering from a hamstring injury and may miss out on Thursday.
Arthur Kiggundu, the defender was on the receiving end of a tackle against Bright Stars at Mwererwe in the first leg. He was given 10 days to be out which ended on Sunday. He is expected to be back in training on Monday 6th.
Big League side Proline FC await for the winner between the two Uganda Premier League sides in the final on Saturday May 25th.
The final will be played on at the Masaka Recreational Stadium.
The winner of the competition represents Uganda in the Caf Confederation Cup as per the rules of the competition. KCCA FC are the defending champions.
The winning club of the Uganda Cup will walk away with Shs40 million, runners up Shs20 million, semi-finalists Shs10 million while the quarter finalists walked away with Shs5 million.