KAMPALA –Several Federation of Uganda Football Associations – Fufa employees as well as former Uganda Cup winner, Andrew Lule on Thursday morning determined each opponent the 16 teams that are still battling for honours of the country’s second prestigious competition.
Lule, who won the Uganda Cup honours with Express FC, joined Fufa Deputy CEO – Football, Decolas Kiiza Hantali; Club licensing manager, Ivan Kintu Bayige; Marketing Director, Esther Musoke; as well as Lule’s first pick handed army side UPDF a duel against the 2016 champions – Vipers at their backyard in Bombo; while 2019 winners – Proline are set to tussle it out with the 1999 champions – Mbale Heroes in a Big League fixture.
Organisers announced that the delayed first leg of the Kitara -Kigezi Home Boyz game will be played on April 29 with the overall winner after the return leg, travelling to face Bul at the Kyabazinga Stadium, Bugembe in the first leg of the round of 16 as per Esther Musoke’s lucky pick.
Kiiza appreciated the different stakeholders who had turned up to witness the smooth progress of this tournament. He singled out the government that blessed the return of sports in the country after a lengthy COVID-19 ban on recreation and sporting events. He also praised club owners, players, media as most of all – sponsors.
“We thank the Government that allowed the return of sports; clubs, players, referees, sponsors, media and all key stake holders that have enabled the smooth play of the Stanbic Uganda Cup.
“We humbly appeal to the clubs to comply with the set regulations,” pledged Kiiza.
“The Stanbic Uganda Cup round of 16 games will be played on a home and away basis between May 1- 6, 2021,” re-affirmed Bayige.
Lule recounted the memories he enjoyed during the times at Express FC where he won the trophy twice in 1997 and 2001.
‘It is a big honour to win the Stanbic Uganda Cup. I recall the memories when I guided Express to two titles in 1997 and 2001.
“My most memorable moment was in 2001 in the semi-finals against KCC. Their player Morley Byekwaso gave me a very big challenge but we managed to win,” recalled Lule.
This competition has Stanbic Bank – Uganda as the main sponsors with Kansai Plascon as official partners. Sponsors – Stanbic Bank in partnership with Plascon announced that this year’s winner would bag Ugx 50m, an increment from Ugx30m.
Teams named first on the fixture will host the first leg and vice versa between May 1 -6 in this country’s second prestigious competition, which saw a modification in the playing format as one of the measures to minimize the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.
UPDF v Vipers – Bombo Military Stadium
Proline v Mbale Heroes – Phillip Omondi Stadium, Lugogo
Onduparaka v SC Villa –Green Light Stadium, Arua
Wakiso Giants v Tooro United – Kabaka Kyabbagu Stadium, Wakiso
Police v Bright Stars – Phillip Omondi Stadium, Lugogo
Express v URA –Mutesa II Wankukukuku
BUL v Kitara /Kigezi Home Boyz- Kyabazinga Stadium, Bugembe
Maroons v KCCA – Prisons Stadium, Luzira