Uganda Cup semifinals (1st Leg) – Wed, 8th June 2016

  • Entebbe Vs Onduparaka – Bugonga Stadium, Entebbe (4 p.m)
  • KCCA Vs Vipers – Nakivubo Stadium, Kampala (4 p.m)

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Onduparaka head coach, Allan Kabonge has already branded his return to the home town of Entebbe as a complete blessing to his team.

The Arua based side, recently promoted to the Azam Uganda Premier league takes on Big league outfit Entebbe in the first leg of the Uganda Cup semi-finals at the expansive Bugonga stadium in Entebbe Municipality, Division A.

Bugonga ground is like my home. I have been to that ground with the Busiro Ssaza team.

I know all their players, style of play and this is a real blessing to my team.

I need a victory before sealing it in Arua

In the team skipper Muhammed ‘Jaggarson’ Shaban and Rashid Agau, Kabonge has two formidable forwards ready to torment the vastly experienced backline of Muhammed Zziwa, Henry Mugambe and the team captain Sunday Mukiibi.

Entebbe care taker coach, Charles Kayizzi, a Uganda Cranes Ex-international of the late 80’s prefers to preserve the talking on the field on play.

Kayizzi alongside former Gulu United defender Jackson Musoni have been handling the side since Richard Makumbi threw in the towel.

“We have to wait for the match to do the talking” Kayizzi, a former goalkeeper notes.

Entebbe’s front line will be led by Abdul Hussein, former Vipers and Lweza winger Ddumba Sadala and the ever fresh lanky striker Roch Somoka who will fill in the void left by the prodigal son, Abraham Ndugwa (malaria).

 The visitors backline will be commanded by 18 year old lanky Rashid ‘Mertasacker’ Toha.

How the two clubs progressed:

Onduparaka caused the biggest shock of the tournament when they eliminated Sports Club Villa at the round of 32.

Earlier they had beaten Entebbe side, Masavu 3-2 on penalties after normal time had ended 1 all.

At the round of 16, they eliminated Busia Fisheries 4-1, beat Soana at the quarter final stage 1-0.

On the other hand, Entebbe defeated Kirinya- Jinja S.S 1-0 (round of 64), sent Police F.C crashing (last 32), had a walk over against Mbale side, CRO who reached 30 minutes late at Bugonga before ejecting Lweza in penalties after a 2 all draw in the quarter finals.

In the other semi final will see KCCA host Vipers in the first leg at Nakivubo stadium on the same day.

The Uganda Cup winner earns the ticket to represent the country at the CAF Confederation Cup.

Road to Semi-finals:

Entebbe F.C:

Round of 64: Beat Kirinya-Jinja S.S 1-0 – Home

Round of 32: Beat Police 5-4 (0-0 in normal time) – Home

Round of 16: Walk over CRO – Home

Quarter finals: Beat Lweza 5-4 (2-2 in normal time) – Away

Onduparaka:

Round of 64: Beat Msasavu 3-2 (after 1-1) – Home

Round of 32: Beat SC Villa Jogoo 5-4 (0-0 in normal time) – Away

Round of 16: Beat Busia Fisheries 4-1 – Home

Quarter finals: Beat Soana 1-0 – Home

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

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