Immensely talented Jinja S.S midfielder Vincent Zziwa dribbles during the match Credit: © Kawowo Sports / DAVID ISABIRYE

2018 Cop Schools Football Championships:

Opening Day Results:

  • Jinja S.S 7-1 Bishop Negri
  • Kibuli ss 5-0 Amuria ss
  • Mbarara High 4-0 St Peters
  • London College 4-0 St Mary’s Nsambya
  • Welden High School 3-0 Kamwenge
  • Kigezi High 3-0 JOVOC
  • Royal Giant 3-1 Maluku
  • St Edwards Bukumi 1-3 Mentor S.S
  • Ryakasinga CHE 2-1 Iganga Progressive
  • St Julian Gayaza 1-0 St Paul
  • Blessed Sacrament Kimanya 1-0 St Josephine’s Bakita
  • Layibi 0-1 Hands of grace
  • Jinja Progressive 1-0 Lira Town College
  • Saviour S.S 1-0 Kitara Model
  • Masaka S.S 1-0 Lubiri S.S
  • Paidha S.S 1-1 Standard High School, Zana
  • Kawempe Muslim 1-1 St Mary’s Kitende
    [/media-credit] Jinja S.S team that lifted their first ever Copa trophy in Masaka. They started the title defence on a strong foot with a loud statement

The 2018 Copa national schools football championship kicked off on Monday in the Western Uganda district of Mbarara.

A couple of matches were played across the different fields in Mbarara Municipality with an avalanche of goals scored, and a few shocking results here and there.

For the cup holders, Jinja S.S, it was a one way traffic match, registering a comprehensive 7-1 victory against Bishop Negri High School in a group B game.

Ten time record holders, Kibuli S.S despite a late call up by the national organizing committee following qualification hitch up in Kampala region started a on a sound footing, walloping Amuria S.S 5-0 in group E.

The other winners on the day involved two home based schools from Mbarara, hosts Mbarara High and Welden High School.

Mbarara High School overcame St Peters 4-0 and Welden High School recorded a 3-0 victory on the day against Kamwenge S.S in group A and B respective duels.

Welden High School registered a commanding start to the 2018 Copa championship Credit: Yasin Mugabi

In the other results, Masaka S.S overcame Kampala representative Lubiri S.S 1-0 (group B), the same result that Blessed Sacrament Kimanya needed to out muscle St Josephine’s Bakita (group A).

Group C witnessed Mityana based Royal Giant came good over Mbale representative Maluku S.S 3-1.

Another pre-tournament favourite, Standard High Zana was also held, one all by West Nile based school, Paidha S.S in group H.

Meanwhile, match day two continues on Tuesday with a couple of matches as well, and the official opening ceremony of the tournament that has been played for the last 25 years, bankrolled by beverage company, Coca cola.

The official opening will take place at Kakyeeka stadium in Mbarara on Tuesday afternoon.

A number of current and retired Uganda Cranes internationals graduated through this tournament.

These include players as David Obua, Tonny Mawejje, Faruku Miya, Khalid Aucho, Yunus Sentamu, Erisa Ssekisambu, Denis Iguma, Alex Kakuba to mention but a few.

2018 Copa Coca Cola Groups:


  • Kamuge
  • Panyango
  • Bishop Sacrament Kimanya
  • Bakita
  • Mbarara high
  • St Peters
  • Adwali


  • Lubiri ss
  • Kamwenge Vocational
  • Masaka ss
  • Welden ss
  • Jinja SS
  • Bishop Negri
  • Green Valley
  • St Joseph Buyaga


  • St Julian
  • St Paul
  • Savior
  • Kitara Model
  • Maluku
  • Royal Giant Mityana
  • Rock High


  • Kashenyi
  • Ijumo Progressive
  • Jinja Progressive Academy (JIPRA)
  • Lira town
  • Kisozi Seed
  • Light ss
  • Kakungulu Memorial


  • Ryakasinga CHE
  • Iganga town View
  • Sebei College
  • Nakaseke International
  • Amuria
  • Kibuli SS
  • Buddo ss


  • St Edwards, Bukumi
  • Mentor
  • Hope
  • Hill View
  • Kawempe Muslim
  • St Mary’s Kitende
  • Nyakibale


  • Laibi
  • Hands of Grace
  • Serere
  • Old Kampala ss
  • London College, Nansana
  • St Mary’s Simbya
  • Katera
  • Sironko Progressive


  • Namagabi
  • Biyaya
  • Paidah
  • Standard High School, Zana
  • Kigezi High
  • St Joseph
  • Agape

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

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