2014/15 UGANDA CUP SEMI-FINALS (Return Leg):

Sunday, 3rd May 2015 Fixtures:

SC Villa Vs Bul – Nakivubo Stadium – 4:00 p.m
[SC Villa lead 0-1 from first leg]

Well aware of the prize that comes along making the finals of this year’s Uganda Cup finals, 8 time winners, Sports Club Villa approach the second leg of the cup semi finals at Nakivubo against Jinja club, Bul with caution.

Coach Ibrahim Kirya and his entire playing staff have a one goal advantage from the first leg played last Sunday at Kakindu stadium in Jinja.

Denis Kamanzi scored the all important goal last Sunday and also had a great solo effort on Friday in the league against Entebbe in SC Villa’s 3-1 victory.

We want to finish off the job,we need to qualify, and possibly win a double this season

Kirya told Kawowo Sports in reference to the premier league and Uganda Cup honours.

Bul F.C’s Joseph Mutyaba, whose team camped at Bweyogerere prior to the match is sure of shocking Villa at Nakivuo stadium.

They (SC Villa) are not a good side. Their defence is still wanting and we shall shock them and qualify for the finals.

Mutyaba, sounding confident remarked ahead of the return leg.

Unlike SC Villa, who will be targeting their 23rd appearance in the history of the cup, BUL is desperate for their maiden finals in the history of the 41 years the Uganda Cup has been held.

Kamanzi’s rich vein of goal scoring form will be crucial for team SC Villla as his partner in crime – Erisa Ssekisambu, usually employed on the right comes in handy to assist.

Of course, the back bone of this current SC Villa team dwells upon the strong midfield of the three prodigal sons – Augustine Nsumba, Chriszetom Ntambi and Steven Bengo – as Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, of late played as a center half provides the necessary back cover.

The Jinja outfit has Milton Kalisa to depend on for goals in asistance of the long serving team skipper, Patrick ‘Crespo’ Asiku.

The biggest battle of the day is most likely to vied in the middle of the pack when veteran dreadlocked Farouk Wejuli Osama, Hashim Sempala or Joshua Masene fight for possession against the free passing Villa crop.

The second semi-finals will witness KCC, also seeking for the 9th Uganda cup title up against Lweza at Mutesa II stadium in Wankulukuku.

Path to Semi Finals:

SC Villa kick started the campaign when they eliminated Kampala regional side, Azam F.C 4-1 in FIFA Post match penalties after a 0-0 draw at Nakivubo stadium in the round of 64.

Busia Fisheries skipped the trip to Nakivubo at the round of 32 before getting the better of Proline in the last 16 teams battle.

Isaac Muleme scored a late goal in extra time to help SC Villa eliminated the 2013 winners, Sports Club Villa in the semi finals.

BUL’s progress:

BUL beat Corporate XI at the 64 stage, edged Kira Young at the last 32, over before overcoming Buganda regional team, Masavu and got the better of Kawempe based Bright Stars 1-2 at the dreaded Mweerere in the quarter finals.

The Uganda Cup winner automatically earns a slot to represent the country at the CAF Confederations Cup.

URA is the cup defending champion.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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