You should brag if you are an Express fan.
I like the way these Wankulukuku people behaved when they were recently declared 2020-21 season champions.
They all took to social media and liked the post that informed them, that they were declared champions, more than two thousand times.
They are still there, on Facebook and Twitter, telling the corona hit world that they were rewarded. They deserved it!
Below is why Express Football Club deserved to be champions
Club legends Hassan Mubiru, James Odoch, Sam Kawalya and Godfrey Nyola
Last season’s Express squad was dominated by young football players who grew up in the early 2000s.
The likes of Kalanda, who could observe what was happening in the nineties, are very few at Wankulukuku.
When Chairman Kiryowa Kiwanuka accepted and listened to our pieces of advice, George Ssimwogerere was sacked.
He was replaced by diligent Wasswa Bbosa, and assisted by Sam Kawalya, James Odoch and committed Hassan Mubiru.
Godfrey Nyola’s words are among the reasons why Express FC players were among the most confident players last season in UPL.
A boy like George Senkaaba scores the goals he does because he respects Hassan Mubiru, a club legend.
If you saw the people helping Wasswa Bbosa playing football and listened to Nyola speaking, you now know why Express had to win silverware last season.
Moses Magogo will soon become a respected FUFA president.
He has started seeing value in Ex- Internationals in the country.
The George Ssimwogerere Factor
Because you lack more information about football in this country, you now think you love Express FC more than Captain George Ssimwogerere.
Ssimwogerere started loving Express Football Club (and wishing to one day play for it) while a secondary student at Lubiri.
Hassan Mubiru, Wasswa Bbosa, Kefa Kisala, Fred Tamale, James Magala and other former football players in the country that (until today) frequent Betway Mutesa II stadium know it that George Ssimwogerere is 100 percent an Express fan.
His was a sad story but, believe me or not, Wasswa Bbosa has learnt more than thirteen lessons from George Ssimwogerere sacking.
Bbosa today knows why Kefa Kisala and Captain Ssemwogerere were a disappointment at Express. Wasswa Bbosa works hard.
No results, No job at Betway Stadium. Gaffer Wasswa Bbosa knows.
If Ssimwogerere doesn’t soon quit coaching, he will one day return to Wankulukuku and, under him, Express FC will win titles. He is preparing. He learnt.
In Bukedde Newspaper recently, Ssimwogerere said a lot, of things, to ease Express’ walk to the Promised Land.
In George Ssimwogerere’s blood is purely Express Football Club.
CEO, Isaac Mwesigwa
The appointment of this diminutive gentle man as club CEO replacing huge Express fan, Hamza Junju, did not impress many (behind the scenes).
Express believes in its own. Junju had grown seeing the club, remember.
The entire family of his had contributed to the well-being of the team, for decades.
His replacement Isaac Mwesigwa was unknown by even serious researchers.
We are now shocked by the way the young (quarrelsome) man does his things.
Isaac Mwesigwa is a genius.
With Isaac Mwesigwa still the gentleman steering the Express motor vehicle, more things will happen.
Isaac Mwesigwa has used his brain, with his Kamwokya based team of thinkers, to catapult the most loved football club in Uganda to enviable heights. More wonders are expected.
An Express fan, Hamza Junju, failed.
Money minded people (like Isaac Mwesigwa) are what 21st century Football Clubs need.
Chairman Kiryowa Kiwanuka
This Attorney General is not new at Express Football Club.
It existed before he lived. He grandfather founded the club. His father was its chairman.
He felt embarrassed when his boyhood club almost got relegated during 2017-18 season.
Kiwanuka gathered intelligence and money to use, to breathe new life into the only asset his parents left for him.
The Attorney General thinks more than Vipers president and all URA club officials.
With him around, any worker laughs while working. Kiryowa Kiwanuka’s hands have no glue.
Express players rewarded him by winning for him silverware.
Loyalty among Express fans
Tell me if last season you came across any other UPL club with fans singing for the entire ninety minutes praising their club name and players.
No club except Express told their fans to do so. Express football club is so loved by its fans that it was followed wherever it went.
Express needed money, which Kiryowa Kiwanuka and sponsors brought.
The counsel’s duty was to look for money to run the club. The red army’s duty was to sing. They sang.
The reward was the UPL trophy.
Benching Frank Kalanda
I was among the famous football writers who came out and castigated Wasswa Bbosa for ill-treating Frank Kalanda, last season.
By ill-treatment, I meant Wasswa Bbosa’s habit of barking at ageing Frank Kalanda and benching him even when it seemed unnecessary.
Wasswa Bbosa insisted on considering Godfrey Lwesibawa, Erick Kambale and George Senkaaba despite what pundits regularly said. Apologies, to controversial Wasswa Bbosa.
I now know that if he (Bbosa) never reached the decision to bench Kalanda, Erick Kambale wouldn’t have acquired the confidence and the form he picked in the process, almost toppling Vipers’ Yunus Sentamu from where he comfortably sat, in the race to winning the golden boot.
If Wasswa Bbosa minded about what the huge club’s fans and we media said, Express FC would have just participated in the recently concluded season.
They would be now rubbing shoulders with the likes of Wakiso Giants, Soltilo Bright Stars and Onduparaka Football Club.
Murushid Juuko, Martin Kizza’s contribution
When Express signed talented Martin Kizza, I now got it in my mind that Express FC, their CEO and Chairman, now attorney General, were on track and determined to take the UPL title.
Murushid Juuko made Captain Enock Walusimbi believe in himself, last season.
Juuko and Walusimbi are now both part of the National team defence.
Martin Kizza breathed new life into Express Football Club.
Part of the Express squad that will participate in Champions League next season, he (Martin Kizza) will fight to see that he regains his really known form.
Martin Kizza and Murushid Juuko showed other Express players at Wankulukuku that there was nothing impossible in Football.
If you missed watching Godfrey Lwesibawa, Martin Kizza, Erick Kambale and Murushid Juuko, you missed watching scintillating football, displayed by confident and immensely talented players.
Express FC had Murushid Juuko and Martin Kizza playing for them. Winning silverware last season was expected.
The Wasswa Bbosa Factor
I saw a lot of Wasswa Bbosa in the early 2000s at Express FC.
Even as a player he was very quarrelsome and short tempered.
Bbosa played for Express in the days when players would be thoroughly abused by Express hooligans.
The feared red army sacks employees before club chairmen do. Wasswa Bbosa knows it.
Nobody can say YES at Express when fans have said NO.
Kiryowa Kiwanuka was told by his relatives that this club is 90 percent run by fans accompanied by the red army. He knows it.
Wasswa Bbosa never sleeps when Express is lousily performing. You must pay attention when the football club you are handling is Express. Winning is a must at Betway Mutesa II stadium. The gaffer Wasswa Bbosa knows.
Ivan Mayanja will soon become a big Express FC fans darling. His dribbling skills have started attracting fans’ attention.
Ivan Mayanja and Faisal Sekyanzi (Wasswa Bbosa players) know that no human being can stay for long at Express if he or she is not a fans’ darling.
Wasswa Bbosa masterminded the recruitment of determined and hugely talented players now at Wankulukuku. These people made sure Express FC became the Express we are today seeing.
Article to be continued in next issue…