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Big Bullets, Express in Cecafa epic clash

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Peter Mponda

Cometh the hour, cometh the men and cometh the Cecafa Cup final. The Benjamin Mkapa Stadium will be a battle field as Nyasa Big Bullets and Express FC from Uganda tussle for Cecafa Kagame Cup ultimate prize money this afternoon.

This promises to be an epic clash as Bullets and Express were in the same group at the start of the tournament and drew 1-1.

Interestingly, Express advanced to the semifinals as group leaders on seven points whereas Bullets came second on five points from three matches on their way to the semifinals.

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However, this afternoon’s fixture will be different as both teams will be fighting for gold.

Bullets are appearing in the regional showpiece final for the first time, just like Express, who are also in their Cecafa Cup final in 26 years.

Bullets Assistant Coach Peter Mponda was confident of winning the tournament in their first attempt.

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“Express are a very organised and physical team.

We need to score an early goal to unsettle them to play our normal game. Everyone is feeling it and we are geared for the match,” Mponda said.

Both sides boast of quality as demonstrated in this year’s tournament.

Captain Chimwemwe Idana will lead the team with Chimango Kayira, Bright Munthali, Babatunde Adepoju, Hassan Kajoke and Ernest Kakhobwe.

Bullets will be without two key players; Sankhani Mkandawire due to groin injury and striker Chiukepo Msowoya who is in bereavement after his mother passed away.

On the part of Express, their talented players include the tournament’s leading goal scorer Eric Kambale and Martin Kizza.

Express Coach Wasswa Bbosa will also be hoping to lay his hands on the trophy this afternoon.

On their way to final, Bullets beat Azam 4-2 on post-match penalties after 2-2 draw in extra time whereas Express defeated KMKM 2-1.

The winner in today’s match will get $30,000 (about K25 million) whereas the runners-up will get $20,000 (about K17 million).

In a third-place play-off, Azam will meet KMKM from Zanzibar in an early kick off at the same venue.

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