Maji FC Vow to Give Express FC a Lesson
Maji FC training.

Maji FC Vow to Give Express FC a Lesson

D-day in Kampala as Maji plots to drown the Red eagles in theKakungulu finals.

By Ramathan Kasozi
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First published: September 23, 2006

Surprise Kakungulu Cup finalists Maji FC, vow to take giants Express FC to a football class when the two clash in the finals of Uganda's second prestigious tournament the Kakungulu Cup, on Saturday this weekend at Nakivubo War Memorial stadium.

Talking to Ultimate Media after the team's evening training session at Lugogo on Tuesday, Maji FC coach, Salim Isabirye warned Express FC that his boys are more than ready and can't even wait for the kick off whistle.

Maji coach Salim Isabirye
Maji coach Salim Isabirye.

Though on paper, the Red Eagles enter the pitch as the favorites, the National Water and Sewerage Corporation sponsored side downplays it describing Express FC as only a giant by name, who can't even give them a sleepless night.

"Express is a giant by name, but on the pitch they can do nothing, I rather fear to take on the likes of Police, URA and Simba," boasts the former Kenya Breweries FC and NYTIL FC, star.

He further boasts that his camp is injury free, apart from his king pin defender, Tom Oloni, nursing a head cut whom even the team doctor has declared fit for the tie.

The players themselves couldn't spare the talking to their master as they promise nothing less than success against Express FC.

Left full back, Bosco Nyeko, says come what may, they have to lift the trophy because it's a golden chance for the team to win its maiden trophy.

"We are more than ready to die on the pitch and win our first trophy in the club's history," said the former Top TV and KCC FC defender.

His captain, Abby Kavuma, echoed Nyeko and he assures their fans that the word 'loss' isn't written anywhere in their camp.

Veteran midfielder Viari Binomugisha, just urges Express fans to come with handkerchiefs because they have to shed tears.

"I've nothing to say apart from reminding their vocal fans not to forget handkerchiefs, because I'm sure they have to shed tears after the game," he said.

In reaction, Express FC's acting coach, Kefa Kisala warns his opponents to stop playing a psychological game, promising that they will swallow their words after the game.

"I don't have much to say. The ball will do my talking and I'm sure they will have to swallow their words after the 90 minutes," warns Kisala who is standing in for head coach George Ssemogerere. Ssemwogerere is undergoing a one month coaching course in Munich, Germany, together with former SC Villa and Cranes midfield maestro, Edgar Watson.

Kisala is relieved after receiving the good news from the team doctors confirming the availability of in-form youngsters Tony Odur, Nicolas Kabali and Moses Aduni, for the Saturday encounter.

The trio picked knocks in their 2-0 second leg semi final victory over Victors FC mid last week and are expected to link up with skipper Hassan Mubiru to mastermind the goal hunt.

However they need to be extra fit if they are to impose any authority on Maji's much-improved rear guard spearheaded by Bosco Nyeko and Abby Kavuma.

Maji players pray
Maji players pray.

The mother of all battles is expected in the middle of the pitch where Binomugisha Viari and Ochi take on Express' Johnson Bagoole and Arthur Mukisa.

Cameroonian towering import, Emma Zitalo, commands the Red Eagles' defense, with a keen eye on danger man Hassad Makibwa.

To reach the finals, Express who last lifted this trophy in 2005, saw off Victors FC on an aggregate of 3-0 while their opponents who have never tasted any silverware in the top flight soccer, stunned army side Simba.

The winner of the Kakungulu Cup represents Uganda in the African Confederations Cup next year.

The finals will be preceded by a curtain riser involving Super League Champions Uganda Revenue Authority FC and their Kenyan counter parts, Kenya Revenue Authority FC before officially getting crowned as the national champions.

By Ramathan Kasozi
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First published: September 23, 2006
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Ramathan Kasozi is a member of Ultimate Media Consult (U) Ltd. . A graduate Journalist, Kasozi has more than 5 years experience reporting on sports in Uganda for different print and broadcast media houses.