2018 Stanbic Uganda Cup (Semi-finals, 2nd Leg):
KCCA Vs Synergy
StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo @04:00pm
KCCA Leads 1-0 on aggregate)
KCCA will be aiming to get the job done when they host synergy in the Stanbic Uganda cup Semi Finals at the StarTimes stadium in Lugogo.
The defending champions defeated Synergy 1-0 in the first leg at Masaka Recreation Grounds on Monday and they should be confident that they will make it to the final.
Former Kira Young and Maroons center forward Patrick Kaddu scored the lone strike on the day.
“Yes we won the first leg but the tie is still alive, said KCCA FC assistant coach Morley Byekwaso.
“When you go back to the game on Monday, they played very well and created a lot of chances which I expect they will try to replicate on Thursday.
Synergy Football Club head coach Brian Ssenyondo is optimistic that his charges will give Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) FC a run for their money coming to the return leg of the 2018 Stanbic Uganda Cup.
Ssenyondo, also a delegate at the FUFA Assembly representing Buganda region is sure that they will pose a stiff challenge lest win the duel
“We respect but do not fear KCCA, said Ssenyondo.
“When we faced them in Masaka, my team created a lot of chances although we did not manage to convert any.
“The advantage is that I have a young pool of players who are willing to play their hearts out and battle during the game, concluded Ssenyondo.
The two clubs return to action this Thursday for the second leg of the semi-finals in Uganda’s oldest knock out football competition.
Like it was during the first leg, KCCA will still miss the services of three players; Muhammed Shaban, Timothy Awany and goalkeeper Charles Lukwago.
The trio travelled with Uganda Cranes away to Niger where the national team will take on Central African Republic and hosts Niger in a three nation tournament in Niamey.
Synergy is expected to assemble a formidable side with the likes of Ivan Ahimisibwe, Muhammed Yiga and Oscar Agaba expected to give the Kasasiro lads a fair challenge.
KCCA defeated West Nile side Paidha Black Angels 2-0 in last year’s final played at the Green Light Stadium, Arua and are aiming to win the cup for the 8th time.
To reach this stage, KCCA eliminated Hoima based side Kitara 1-0 at the Boma stadium courtesy of Shaban’s header in the 9th minute.
Synergy on the other hand needed a late second half strike to eliminate Proline.
The other semi-final between Vipers and Sports Club Villa Jogoo will be played on Tuesday, 5th June 2018 at the St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende.
Vipers and Villa played to a goal-less draw in the first leg played at Muteesa II Wankulukuku Stadium on Sunday during an ill-tempered match.
This year’s final will be hosted by the North East region in Kumi Municipality (actual play ground to host the final is yet to be confirmed).