Kibuli S.S players and officials at the Namboole outside training facility Credit: © Kawowo Sports | ISABIRYE

Kampala Regional Football (Men) Qualifiers 2018:

  • Semi-final 1: Lubiri S.S 0-5 Kakungulu Memorial
  • Semi-final 2: Old Kampala Vs Kawempe Muslim (*Aborted after Kibuli S.S students and teachers stormed field of play)
[/media-credit] Kibuli S.S players and officials at the Namboole outside training facility Credit: © Kawowo Sports | ISABIRYE

Record national copa football champions, Kibuli Secondary School might get banned for a year after disrupting a semi-final encounter between Old Kampala and Kawempe Muslim S.S on Saturday at Mandela National Stadium, Kawowo Sports had learnt.

This was after Kibuli failed to qualify for the semi-finals but had lodged a petition to the Kampala District schools football organizing committee, complaining about Kololo S.S’ use of an unregistered student on the team album.

Upon receiving the petition on Thursday, Kibuli was tasked to present evidence as defence to their case filed.

By Friday, Kibuli did not have substantive evidence and the committee blessed the two semi-finals involving Lubiri against Kakungulu Memorial as well as Old Kampala with Kawempe Muslim.

[/media-credit] Armed Policemen who were brought in to restore calmness at Namboole Credit: © Kawowo Sports | ISABIRYE

Whereas the first semi final between Lubiri and Kakungulu Memorial progresses as planned (Kakungulu won 5-0) at the inside main stadium at Namboole, the other semi final duel which was due to take place at the outside training facility was not played.

Kibuli S.S players and non playing staff led by the games master Abdul Nankaalya stormed the playing field.

This prompted the organizers to call in policemen who arrived moments later on a police patrol vehicle.

The officers calmly spoke to the Kibuli S.S players and some teachers but no agreement was reached as they held firm to their decision, disrupt the match between Kawempe Muslim and Old Kampala.

[/media-credit] Abdul Naakalya, the Kibuli S.S games master (middle) led the protests Credit: © Kawowo Sports | ISABIRYE

“We shall convene on Monday for another meeting” a committee member on the organizing team, Abbey Ssentongo disclosed to Kawowo Sports.

The committee had Old Kampala’s Derrick Sserunkuma as chairman, Uganda Martyrs’ Adolf Ntege (secretary), Abbey Ssentongo – Finance, Kawempe Muslim’s Ayub Khalifa (Committee member), Katumba Wamala among others.

The fate to determine Kibuli’s destiny entirely lies within the jurisdiction of this committee.

Meanwhile, Kibuli’s act evokes memories at the 2017 Copa national finals in Masaka where gun shots had to be fired in the air to disrupt rowdy fans and charged up Kibuli players against Masaka S.S at the Masaka Recreational stadium.

In the fateful match, played on 18th May 2017 at Masaka Recreational Stadium, Kibuli finished the game with 9 men following red cards by referee Ashraf Miiro to Fred Tabu and Adam Musisi.

Kibuli recovered from a goal down to equalize and take the game into penalties where they won 3-1 to qualify for the finals.

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

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