Geoffrey Sserunkuma and teammates Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

43rd Uganda Cup final

Thursday, 15th June 2017

  • Paidha Black Angels Vs KCCA – Green Light Stadium, 4:00 p.m
[/media-credit] Action between Vipers and Paidha Black Angels at the St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende on Sunday Credit: Vipers S.C Media

When the 43rd Uganda Cup final gets underway at the Green Light Stadium in Arua on Thursday, Paidha Black Angels and KCCA will be chasing different records.

KCCA seek their 9th title overall and maiden domestic double as Paidha Black Angels, a second division side eyes the opening championship, thus becoming the first non-top flight side to win this prestigious knock out tournament.

Both sides are ready and eager to make history.

[/media-credit] Denis Okot, Derrick Nsibambi and Geoffrey Sserunkuma. Nsibambi is current top scorer of the Uganda Cup Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

The head coach for the West Nile side Hussein Kheri is sure of overturning history books.

“It has been a good journey thus far. We are ready mentally and physically to make history” Kheri, who has handled SC Victoria University stated.

Kheri was also in the stands when KCCA out-muscled Express in the return leg of the semi-final at Mutesa II Wankulukuku stadium.

[/media-credit] KCCA assistant manger Morley Byekwaso with the boss Mike Mutebi (right) at Lugogo Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AISHA NAKATO

His counterpart, Mike Mutebi addressed the media in Kampala on Wednesday before the team left for Arua and assured the club faithfuls of victory.

“We are favourites and there is nothing to deny us victory. KCCA is surely the better side and it will be the biggest shock if we fail to win this one,” Mutebi confidently said.

Star players:

Derrick Nsibambi, scorer of a hat-trick against Lungunjja Galaxy is also the tournament’s current top scorer with 7 goals to his name.

He is main talisman for the Kasasiro lads alongside partner in crime Geofrey Sserunkuma, midfielder Muzamiru Mutyaba and team captain Denis Okot Oola.

Fred Amaku, Khalid Odagui and Emmanuel Lubangkene are the key actors for the West Nile side based in Zombo.

Road to final:

Of the two sides, KCCA has had a smoother run thus far with earlier convincing victories over Koboko Rising Stars, Lungujja Galaxy and Kataka in the first three fixtures before reaching the quarter final stage.

At the quarter final, they gritted their teeth to get rid of Police after a 100th minute Nsibambi goal and ejected Express over the two legs in the semifinals.

Paidha Black Angels on the other side enjoyed three consecutive away victories, defeating Hopes Doves at the round of 64, Fort Portal Boda Boda (Round of 16) and holders Vipers at the St Mary’s stadium in the quarter final.

[/media-credit] KCCA FC’s Geoffrey Sserunkuma in action against Police Fc during the quarter final Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AMINAH BABIRYE

Paidha Black Angels’ 1-0 away victory to Vipers at the intimidating St Mary’s stadium was arguably their most sweetest victory on the road.

Add to the 2-1 narrow post penalty victory over regional side Fort Portal Boda Boda at the Buhinga stadium in Fort Portal, the Big League side gelled fortunes and diligence for where they are today.

Airtel Uganda is FUFA’s partner in financing the Uganda Cup that has a Corporate Social Responsibility cause attached.

Fans are asked to offer donations that have been collected since February that will be given to Arua Remand Home, according to Ali Mwebe the FUFA Competitions director.

There is a big possibility Paidha Black Angels will represent the country on the continent if they win the final (pending FUFA and CAF approval after duly submitting the club licensing instruments).

KCCA seeks a first ever domestic double as a club in a year they have broken records, winning the league and playing in the CAF Confederation Cup group stage.

The Lugogo based side last smiled at the podium in 2004.

Road to the finals

Round of 64

  • Hope Doves 0-1 Paidha Black Angels
  • KCCA 6-1 Koboko Rising Stars

Round of 32:

  • Bright Light 0-2 Paidha Black Angels
  • Lungujja Galaxy 0-6 KCCA

Round of 16:

  • Kataka 1-5 KCCA
  • Fort Portal Boda Boda 1 (1) – 1 (2) Paidha Black Angels

Quarter-finals:

  • Vipers 0-1 Paidha Black Angels
  • Police 0-1 KCCA (After Extra time)

Semi-finals:

  • Sadolin Paints 2-3 Paidha Black Angels (Aggregate score after 2 games)
  • Express 2-3 KCCA (Aggregate score after 2 games)

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
  • 1984 – KCC F.C
  • 1985 – Express F.C
  • 1986 – SC Villa
  • 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
  • 2013/13 – Sports Club Victoria University
  • 2013/14 – URA F.C
  • 2014/15 – SC Villa
  • 2015/16 – Vipers Sports Club

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

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