Seven time winners of the national coca cola football championship, St Mary’s boarding secondary school, Kitende will face Masaka S.S in the 2015 finals at Boma play ground on Saturday evening.

In line for Kitende is an 8th title to close down on Kibuli S.S’ 10 crowns.

The team is adored and hated in equal proportion.

Majority believe, officials have had a soft spot for the team owned by former FUFA President, Lawrence Mulindwa whereas a fraction similarly love the free passing brand of the side and their never say die mentality.

Worthy to be added, there is a crop of that line of thought that hate the school for its sheer sporting glory.

I hate that school (St Mary’s Kitende) because they influence referees

Wilson Nuwagaba, a resident of Hoima attests to Kawowo Sports.

Janet Kubingi, of Fort Portal traveled all the way to watch Kitende in action and she defers from Nuwagaba;

They play a brand of football (Kawowo style) that is really appealing to watch with good players.

Kawowo Sports’ David Isabirye takes a quick flash back at the Entebbe road based progress to the final.

Group Stages:

Kitende remains the only side at this year’s tournament that never conceded a single goal in the group stages.

They scored 14 goals in 6 matches; gritting their teeth to beat Risah Standard 1-0 in the opener, whipped Mvara 4-0, overcame St Leos’ Kyegobe 1-0, defeated Jinja College and Mbale Progressive by a similar 2-0 score line before humiliating the tournament whipping boys, Masaba S.S 5-0 in the last group E fixture.

At the round of 16, Kitende faced an acid test when they played Amus College school from Bukedea.

On paper, the fixture was as good as done and dusted.

Amus surprised everyone when they took a 15th minute lead as Peter Lusimbula’s curler was deflected into the Kitende net for the first time in the tournament.

They gallantly fought and scored a last minute gasp equalizer through  a glancing header off Muhammed Shaban to force the match into FIFA post match penalties that they won easily 4-1.

In the quarters, Kitende was to play the defending champions, Kibuli S.S.

Towering forward, Alfred Leku, a former Kibuli player scored the only goal of the day to enable Kitende progress and book a semi final clash against Risah Standard, their first opponent at the 2015 tourney.

The violence marred fixture was an easy one for Kitende, winning 3-0 thanks to Muhammed Shaban’s first half penalty, Pius Mzee and Alfred Leku’s goals.

Kitende faces a well balanced Masaka S.S side with odds staked high for either sides.

The Entebbe road side will be looking for an 8th title to close down on Kibuli’s 10 as Masaka seek for the maiden one.

St Mary’s Kitende Path To Finals:
Group Stages:

  1. Kitende 1-0 Risa Standard, Lugazi
  2. Kitende 4-0 Mvara
  3. Kitende 1- 0 St Leo’s Kyegobe
  4. Kitende 2-0 Jinja College
  5. Kitende 2-0 Mbale Progressive
  6. Kitende 5-0 Masaba College School, Mbale

Knock Out Stages: Round of 16: Kitende 1 (4) – 1 (1) Amus College School, Quarter Finals: Kitende 1-0 Kibuli S.S, Semi-Finals: Kitende 3-0 Risah Standard College, Lugazi, Finals: Kitende Vs Masaka S.S

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

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