Eric Kambale’s header in the first half earned Express FC a 1-0 victory over Gadaffi FC, their third consecutive league victory at the Betway Muteesa II Stadium.
Express were marginally better than their visitors, in a game that could have gone either way as both teams really struggled to have a firm grip on the game.
The Red Eagles tasted Gadaffi FC goalkeeper Ronald Mutebi early on, Godfrey Lwesibawa and Kambale shooting straight at the goalkeeper inside the opening five minutes.
But the hosts could not maintain that level of intensity, as they struggled to create clear cut chances for the next 30 minutes, even with Gadaffi playing at pedestrian pace and clearly on for the taking.
The moment that decided the game arrived after 40 minutes, the Soldier Boys’ defence completely losing track of Kambale, and allowing the striker to rise and glance his header into the bottom corner for his third goal of the season.
Wasswa Bbosa’s men seemed to have stepped up their ante a level after taking the lead. Kambale should have tapped into an empty net after Mutebi punched Lwesibawa’s shot into his path, but he casually chose to pick out a teammate as another great opportunity went begging.
For all the momentum Express carried into the half time break, they were far from convincing in the second stanza, and found themselves scrapping for victory in the end.
The champions who have been underwhelming in their title defence, continue their surge up the standings as they climb into seventh position.
But they have a huge load to do if they are to catch league leaders KCCA FC who are still seven points ahead, and play SC Villa on Sunday.
Elsewhere, the day produced a couple of close and edgy results. Bright Stars held BUL Bidco FC to a goalless draw, with Wakiso Giants’ visit to Mbarara City producing the same result.
Onduparaka were held to a 1-1 draw by URA FC who continue to falter in the title race as they are already 12 points off the pace at the stage of the season.