On match day three of the 2021-2022 season, Express Football Club defeated a 10-man BUL at the Kyabazinga Stadium in Bugembe, Jinja city.
Mahad Yaya Kakooza, a midfielder, was the hero, scoring a crucial goal in the 52nd minute.
Off Martin Kizza’s delivery on the left flank, Kakooza was well placed to finish past goalkeeper Said Keni.
The Red Eagles had struggled in their first two games, losing 2-0 at home to newly promoted Arua Hill and 1-0 away to UPDF on match day two.
BUL had two good scoring chances in each half, but both were missed.
Musa Esenu missed a chance in the 12th minute, and Dickson Nuwamanya razed a free-kick onto the crossbar deep in added time in the second half.
BUL has now played two matches under head coach Alex Isabirye, winning the first 1-0 against Police at the same venue.
Etrude was named match winner, receiving a plaque and Shs 100,000.
Meanwhile, Police suffered their third consecutive defeat, falling 1-0 to visiting Wakiso Giants at Kampala’s MTN Omondi Stadium, Lugogo.
Tooro United and Gaddafi drew 1-1 at the Buhinga stadium in Fort Portal.
The much-anticipated West Nile derby between newly promoted Arua Hill and Onduparaka at Arua’s Barifa stadium ended in a goalless draw.
The match between UPDF and Mbarara City at Bombo was postponed due to a heavy rainstorm moments before kickoff.
“We had planned for the win today, our strategy last season was to always score first and today we did just that, we hope this continues in the next games but overall this is huge for boosting our confidence, we had lost two straight league games so this win definitely boosts us going forward” According to Express assistant coach James Odoch.
“We dominated the game and created numerous chances. The problem was that we failed to convert them. We were the better team but we were just unlucky. We shall try to work on our sharpness so that we convert chances in our next game (away to Onduparaka on Saturday)”. BUL head coach Alex Isabirye confirmed this to the BUL Fc website.