By Esther Muwonge
Earlier this week, Express FC unveiled winger Godfrey Lwesibawa. The former Tooro United player is returning to Express for a second stint, after he left Wankulukuku for Villa Park, after the 2014/2015 season.
However, while Lwesibawa brings invaluable experience to the Red Eagles, there is growing speculation, that he will not be the last player to arrive at Express. It is being reported, that Express are eyeing two marquee signings, to get them ready for the 2020/21 season.
Cranes goalkeeper Jamal Salim and midfielder Taddeo Lwanga are the two big names, that Express is reportedly chasing. Salim, who was Cranes third choice goalkeeper at both the 2017 and 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, is said to be leaving Sudan giants El-Hilal.
The possibility of that would trigger any club into action, and Express is no exception. Salim has been plying his trade in Sudan’s top flight league since 2014. On top of that, he has been a mainstay between the sticks, even on the continent.
With such a resume, Express would be boosted in goal for next season. That was one of the team’s problem areas last season, as Express coach Wasswa Bbosa also acknowledged. Their goalkeepers, Tony Kyamera and Matthias Muwanga were so mistake pron. Yet, to stage a real title challenge next season, Express has got to be resolute with big name players, that will not be phased by the occasion.
That said, Lwanga is another one, that would bring leadership and tenacity in the Express midfield. Lwanga joined Tanta SC in Egypt last year, after the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, where he made The Cranes squad. But since the Egyptian Premier League re-started recently, Lwanga has been here, fueling the speculation he is not going back to Egypt.
Together with Salim, they would be returning to Express for a second stint, and they both worked under coach Bbosa previoulsy. When Bbosa was contacted about the news, he did not confirm nor deny whether Express were pursuing the players. But he acknowledged, that having worked with them, when they were younger a few years ago, he knows them well.
Yet, even more importantly, he does not discount how much improvement they would bring to Express. The last time Express won the Uganda Premier League, was in 2012, and then, Salim was the first choice goalkeeper at the club. Who knows, his return could bring some good fortune at Express, and boy do they need some.
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