It is eight painful years since Express last lifted the Uganda Premier League trophy. But the ongoing emphatic recruitment drive at Wankulukuku suggests a paradigm shift with glory ambitions written on it.
Already 10 players have been unveiled by the six-time league winners and coach Wasswa Bbosa promises more.
“There are players we have already signed but yet to unveil. We have Uganda Cranes defender Murushid Juuko on our books and soon we will be showing him to the world,” Bbosa revealed.
Juuko, who has been at loggerheads with parent club Wydad Casablanca, is expected to shore up Express leaky defence along with Enoch Walusimbi – who has arrived from Bright Stars.
“We have beefed up in all departments mixing the youth with experience. We might not take the league title next year but trust me, we will be a formidable team in no time,” he added.
Bbosa, formerly at Tooro United and SC Villa, has worked with most of his new recruits before and believes theirs is a team that needs a little polishing to compete.
The arrivals at Wankulukuku include forwards Charles Musiige from Tooro United and Mustafa Kiraaga from South African outfit Alexandria.
Bbosa also returned midfielders Godfrey Lwesibawa and Mahad Kakooza from Villa as well as Baker Sakah, Faisal Ssekyanzi, Isaac Nsengiyunva, and Abel Eturude.
The Juuko and Walusimbi defence dream will be supported by Richard Bbosa, while goalkeepers Denis Otim from Mbarara City and Crispus Kusiima from Tooro will battle for the gloves.
In 25 league matches last season, Express managed just 30 goals and that has done a lot in informing Bbosa about the priority of his signings.
“Musiige scored six goals at a trouble Tooro United, if he joins Frank Kalanda (11 goals) and Frank Ssenyondo (seven goals) we will have one of the best attack lines in the league.
“We want to build a team that we will be proud of in the next three years and that starts now,” Bbosa stressed.
Express finished ninth in the prematurely ended league season, conceded 37 goals and winning just nine games in 25.
Express new players
Denis Otim Goalkeeper
Crispus Kusiima Goalkeeper
Richard Bbosa Defender
Enock Walusimbi Defender
Mahad Kakooza Midfielder
Godfrey Lwesibawa Midfielder
Isaac Nsengiyumva Midfielder
Abel Eturude Midfielder
Baker Sakah Midfielder
Faisal Ssekyanzi Midfielder
Mustafa Kiragga Forward
Charles Musiige Forward