UPL: Express Captain Birungi Given Four Match Ban


‘When it rains, it pours’ is the right saying to use for the ongoing twist of events happening at Muteesa II Stadium at the moment.

As the club was on its way to come out of the difficult situations that have been highlighted by sacking head coach Kefa Kisala and his technical team, another misfortune has emerged.

Express FC captain Michael Birungi has been given a four game ban for ‘unsporting conduct’ by the FUFA competitions disciplinary panel.

The incident occurred during the Uganda Premier League encounter at Buhinga Stadium where hosts Tooro United defeated Express FC 1-0, courtesy of Simon Sserunkuma’s goal.

Express FC team that started against Tooro United. Courtesy photo

The decision taken, was revealed in the FUFA disciplinary letter sent to Express FC, seen by this website.

Birungi attacked the match officials at the centre of field of play immediately after the match,” reads an excerpt in the document.

Express FC captain Michael Birungi is suspended for four (4) official FUFA competitions match for unsporting conduct towards the match officials.”

Birungi in action against Police at Lugogo

The player has also been warned never to repeat such actions, or else will receive serious sanctions – Adds the doc.

Birungi was showing his discontent towards the day’s officials led by Centre ref Alex Muhabi after Tooro United finished it late against Express.

When the game was goalless towards the end, the referee pointed to the spot when he judged Disan Galiwango to have brought down Allan Kayiwa in the forbidden area before Sserunkuma silenced his former masters.

That was the fifth loss for Express FC who then slipped to eighth with 21 points from sixteen games. Currently, the Club sit tenth on the 16 team log.

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This will be a big blow for Express new Coach George Ssemwogerere who will miss the scoring captain.

With the club expected to make an appeal, Birungi will miss three league games against BUL, Nyamityobora and Police, and one Uganda Cup Tue against Police FC.