Vincent Kayizzi of KCCA FC shields off Express stand-in skipper Simon Sserunkuma during the Uganda Cup game at Wankulukuku Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Uganda Cup Semifinal:

  • 2nd Leg: KCCA 0-0 Express (KCCA wins 3-2 on aggregate)
[/media-credit] Vincent Kayizzi of KCCA FC shields off Express stand-in skipper Simon Sserunkuma during the Uganda Cup game at Wankulukuku Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

KCCA Football Club will play FUFA Big League side Paidha Black Angels in this year’s Uganda Cup final at the Green Light stadium in Arua.

This was confirmed after Tuesday’s goalless draw between Mike Mutebi’s KCCA and Matia Lule’s Express at Mutesa II Stadium in Wankulukuku.

KCCA thus progressed with a 3-2 aggregate victory from the first leg played four days ago at the Phillip Omondi stadium, Lugogo.

In the return leg, the game was open with either sides creating chances that would have easily changed the script.

The visitors were much busier in the first stanza of the game getting closer to scoring but Express goalie Emmanuel Opio was alert to deny Vincent Kayizzi, Derrick Nsibambi and Geoffrey Sserunkuma.

Express’ skipper on the day Simon Sserunkuma was lively and active on the right posing lots of questions and provocations to Habib Kavuma who has just inked a new deal that will keep him at the Lugogo based side until 2019.

Second half substitute, Jean Dider missed a chance of burying the game when he headed off target unmarked at the far post with goalie Benjamin Ochan and defenders all beaten.

KCCA manager Mutebi opted for a defensive strategy when he introduced Isaac Kirabira, a blocking midfielder for attacker Paul Mucureezi with less than 25 minutes to play.

Earlier, he had withdrawn a pedestrian Muzamiru Mutyaba, recovering from an arm injury for tricky and fast paced winger Brian Majwega as the second half started.

Robert Sentongo was KCCA’s final change on the day when he replaced the tried and tested forward Geoffrey Sserunkuma.

[/media-credit] KCCA FC striker Derrick Nsibambi eludes Sam Senkomi’s tackle during the Uganda Cup game at Wankulukuku Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Express’ three changes saw an injured Steven Luswata (hamstring) limping out for Rashid Nsubuga, Jean Didier came on for Noah Ssemakula and Daniel Otto replaced the tired legs of Joseph Ssemujju with 10 minutes to play.

The Red Eagles missed through of their players who had featured prominently in the first leg.

Defender Musa Mukasa was out for ‘accumulated cautions’, left back Yayo Lutimba and midfielder Allan Kyambadde suffered injuries.

Express’ Mahad ‘Yayo’ Kakooza had a free-kick saved by Ochan from over 30 yards with less than 20 minutes to the full time mark.

KCCA continued to cause havoc through Kayizzi and Nsibambi, but goalie Opio had a field day at office.

There were signs of frustration when Express fans walked out as soon as the fourth official Brian Miiro Nsubuga signaled the two minutes of added time.

Two cautions were recorded on the day. Ivan ‘Kojja’ Ntege and Habib Kavuma, both of KCCA were booked for fouls in either halves for unsporting conduct.

[/media-credit] KCCA players Tom Masiko and Ivan Ntege close in on Express’ midfielder Juma Ssebadduka Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

KCCA now seeks a domestic double when they face Paidha Black Angels on 10th June 2017 in Arua.

Paidha Black Angels eliminated Sadolin 3-2 on aggregate.

Sadolin Paints won the second leg 2-1 with the West Nile based side getting that crucial away goal.

KCCA has won the Uganda Cup 8 times and Paidha Black Angels seek for their maiden title.

This year’s final at Green Light stadium in Arua will be the 43rd in the history of this knock out tournament.

Could it be Paidha Black Angels for the very first time or KCCA’s 9th?

Team Line ups:

Express XI:Emmanuel Opio (G.K), Hassan Mahamood, Sula Jingo, Farouk Matovu, Sam Ssenkoomi, Steven Luswata (53′ Rashid Nsubuga), Simon Sserunkuma (Captain), Mahad Kakooza, Noah Ssemakula (57′ Jean Didier), Juma Ssebadduka, Joseph Ssemujju (80′ Daniel Otto)

Subs Not Used: Mohamed Nadhir (G.K), Sharif Mohamed Ochaya, Fahad Katongole, Remmy Makumbi

KCCA XI: Benjamin Ochan (G.K), Denis Okot Oola, Paul Musamali, Habib Kavuma, Ivan Ntege, Paul Mucureezi (65′ Isaac Kirabira), Vincent Kayizzi Walugembe, Muzamiru Mutyaba (46′ Brian Majwega), Tom Masiko, Geofrey Sserunkuma (75′ Robert Sentongo), Derrick Nsibambi

Subs Not Used: Douglas Kisembo (G.K), Dennis Rukundo, Lawrence Bukenya

Match officials:

Center Referee: Alex Muhabi

Assistant Referee 1: Mark Ssonko

Assistant Referee 2: Okello Lee

4th official: Brian Miiro Nsubuga

Leading scorers:

Derrick Nsibambi (KCCA) – 6 goals

Erisa Ssekisambu ( Vipers)-  5 goals

Frank Kalanda (Soana ) -4 goals

Peter Lumolo (Masavu) – 4 goals

Hood Kaweesa (Police) – 4 goals

Uganda Cup (formerly Kakungulu cup) Winners since 1971:

1971 –Coffee F.C

1972-1975-Not Held

1976– Gangama F.C

1977– Simba F.C

1978 – Nsambya F.C

1979 – KCC F.C

1980 – KCC F.C

1981 – Coffee F.C

1982 – KCC F.C

1983 – SC Villa F.C

1984 – KCC F.C

1985 – Express F.C

1986 – SC Villa F.C

1987 – KCC F.C

1988 – SC Villa

1989 – SC Villa

1990 – KCC F.C

1991 – Express F.C

1992 – Express F.C

1993 – KCC F.C

1994 – Express F.C

1995 – Express F.C

1996 – UEB S.C

1997 – Express F.C

1998 – SC Villa

1999 – Mbale Heroes S.C

2000 – SC Villa

2001 – Express F.C

2002 – SC Villa

2003 – Express F.C

2004 – KCC F.C

2005 – URA F.C

2006 – Express F.C

2007 – Express F.C

2007/8 – Victors S.C

2008/9 – SC Villa

2009/10 – Victors S.C

2010/11 – Simba S.C

2011/12 – URA F.C

2013/2013 – Sports Club Victoria University

2013/2014 – URA F.C

2014/2015 – SC Villa

2015/16 – Vipers

2016/17

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

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