Seven-goal thriller litters Isabirye's mood

Seven-goal thriller litters Isabirye's mood
KCCA overturned the tables on Express with an impressive second half comeback | Courtesy-Pulse Sport

Express went into the break leading 3-1 and looking good for a league double over KCCA, but the Kasasiro Boys took the game to the hosts and won 4-3 to leave coach Alex Isabirye fuming

KAMPALA - Ashraf Mugume and Usama Arafat struck late in KCCA's emphatic second-half turnaround at Muteesa II Stadium Wankulukuku on Saturday but the damage for Express went beyond the defeat.

A win for the Kasasiro Boys is always alluded to picking the litter, yet there was a sense of the opposite at Wankulukuku after reports emerged in the wake of the 4-3 StarTimes Uganda Premier League defeat that Alex Isabirye was on the brink.

Isabiryes' ego is said to have been littered by the Red Eagles fans more than the KCCA defeat. The fans allegedly turned the frustration of two defeats on the bounce into insults aimed at the tactician.

Express lost their first second round game 3-1 away to Mbarara City last week and the home defeat to KCCA left impatient fans forgetting way too soon.

Isabirye is the same coach who won the last four games of the first round of the season to pull the Red Eagles from the Wankulukuku muck and give them wings to soar into sixth in the UPL standings.

Express nailed Isabirye down to a permanent deal in January, a reward for his exploits in December when he took charge on interim basis to oversee six leagues games. He lost the first two games to Villa and Kitara before masterminding wins over NEC, Vipers, Arua Hill and Gadaffi.

Nile Post has contacted Isabirye for a comment.

KCCA impress in comeback

The omen for Express came almost before the echoes of the kickoff whistle had died down in the shrubs of the wetlands around Wankulukuku. Congolese forward Etiene Katenga scored inside a minute to leave Express needing composure to navigate the game.

Isaac Waigona's neat header on 23 minutes and quick goals from John Asiimwe and Marvin Oshaba left Wankulukuku rocking. The hosts went into the dingy dressing room for the first half leading 3-1 and looking like they had extended their points to 28 for the season.

But Abdallah Mubiru's charges returned from the break with more hunger than the hosts, who appeared content to weather down the clock for a win even after Muhammad Shaban reduced the deficit in the 50th minutes with his ninth goal of the season.

The KCCA that had allowed Express to pepper their goal mouth in a shots melee leading up to Oshaba's first goal for the club probed Express.

Goalkeeper Yunus Abubaker will be wondering what could have been for the next 10 days before the trip to Kavumba Recreation Ground to face Bright Stars. He inexplicably allowed Ashraf Mugume to level the scores three minutes from time and  Usama Arafat accepted the overtures for rubbing salt into the injuries with a death nail two minutes later.

The victory moves KCCA up to ninth in the table with 23 points from 17 games, two points and a place behind their Wankulukuku victims.

Bul lead the StarTimes Uganda Premier League standings with 37 points from from Kitara on 33, with Vipers - who have played a game less, on 31 points in third place.

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