FUFA Big League 2017/18
StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo
- Promotinal Playoffs-Paidah Black Angels 0 (4)-0 (2) Kitara FC
- Championship Game-Nyamityobora 0 – 1 Ndejje University
Paidha Black Angels will be the second team from West Nile that will feature in the Uganda Premier League next season after attaining promotion on Sunday.
The Allan Kabonge led side defeated Kitara FC on penalties 4-2 after a goaless 90 minutes of play and will now join Onduparaka FC who also base in West Nile.
In the 90 minutes, both teams traded half chances and there were a few talking points.
Kitara’s burly center forward Serial Komakech got the best goal scoring opportunity two minutes into the second half but watched on in disbelief when the ball sailed wide of Paidah goalkeeper Stephen Odongo’s goal.
Paidha Black Angels had almost a no show in front of goal as the ever reliable forwards Yudah Mugalu and Yusuf Ssozi were kept under check throughout the game.
Paidha converted four penalties in the shoot out as Yudah Mugalu, Yusuf Ssozi and Substitutes Andrew Kidega and Ceaser Olega all converted from 12 yards.
Ivan Kyotelekera and Samuel Adibo scored for Kitara as Billy Herbert Alinda blasted his kick over the bar.
Rogers Lukwiya’s weak last kick was saved by former SC Villa Jogoo goalkeeper Odongo to send the enthusiastic crowd, players and sympathizers into excitement.
Paidha Black Angels head coach Allan Kabonge “The Messiah” Kivewala achieved yet another landmark feat guiding a fourth club to top flight division.
Previously Kabonge has guided Aurum Roses, Onduparaka and lately Masavu.
An estatic Kabonge lauded the efforts of his players throughout the season as he also bragged being the Messiah of football in coaching.
“I am so happy but am simply so talented, said Kabonge after the game.
“When am coaching, i tell my players to enjoy them selves and that was the same case today.
“I educate them but all in all, that is me and am delighted by my achievements.
Paidha (39 points) finished second below Ndejje University (40 points) in the FUFA Big league Elgon group to book a playoff spot.
They swept Kabale Sharp in a 3-0 victory over Kabale to storm the finals.
Meanwhile, in the championship match to determine the overall winner of the 2017/18 FUFA Big league final, Ndejje University overcame Mbarara based Nyamityobora 1-0.
Striker Noel Nasasira who is on loan from KCCA scored the lone goal on the day.
Ndejje will pocket Shs10 million as the cash prize for the winners while Nyamityobora walks away with 5 million.
Paidha who finished third will take home Shs3.5 million.
Other award winners:
Fair play Team: Agape S.S
Best Goalkeeper: Derrick Emukule (Ndejje University F.C)
Top scorer: Dickens Okwi (14 Goals)
MVP: Noel Nasasira (Ndejje University FC)
The FUFA Big league was started in the 2009/10 season.
Previous Clubs Promoted since FUFA Big league inception:
2009/10: Gulu United, UTODA, Maroons
2010/11: Maji Maji, Hoima Busia, BUL
2011/12: Entebbe Young, Kira Young, Sports Club Victoria University
2012/13: Bright Stars, CRO, Soana
2013/14: Lweza, Sadolin Paints, KJT
2014/15: Maroons, Jinja Municipal Council Hippos, The Saints
2015/16: Onduparaka, Proline Kirinya-Jinja S.S
2016/17: Masavu, Maroons, Mbarara City
2017/18: Ndejje University, Nyamityobora, Paidha Black Angels