St John's Sabir Yassin (shirt 11) was a thorn in the flesh of Jinja College (Photo: David Isabirye)
St John’s Sabir Yassin (shirt 11) was a thorn in the flesh of Jinja College (Photo: David Isabirye)

Copa Football Championship 2019:

Official Opening Match:

Group C:

  • Jinja College School 0-2 St John’s Mukono

Other Tuesday Results:

  • Kigezi College, Butobero 7-1 Loro Secondary school (Group C)
  • Sentah College 4-0 Mbale Progessive (Group C)
  • Jinja S.S 3-0 Lugazi Homeland (Group B)
  • Kibuli SS 2-0 Busoga College-Mwiri (Group H)
  • Jinja Progessive Academy 1-0 Kaggwa SS (Group A)
  • Nile High 1-0 Kashenyi SS (Group G)

St John’s Secondary School from Mukono easily triumphed 2-0 over hosts Jinja College in the official opening match of the 2019 Copa Football Championship played at the Kakindu Stadium, Jinja on Tuesday evening.

Sulaiman Kimbugwe and Ratifu Kaswa scored in either halves for Brian Ssenyondo’s coached school.

Sulaiman Kimbugwe scored the opening goal 25 minutes into the game to break the resilience of Jinja College.

Kimbugwe shot home the opener from 20 yards past goalkeeper Fred Irumba to break the earlier resistance and fighting soul from the hosts.

Kaswa added the second in the final 10 minutes of the game to cement the dominance they had established right from the opening stages of the game.

Jinja College (in white) attempt to clear the line (Photo: David Isabirye)


It is great that we won the match with ease. In fact, we could have scored more goals. I give credit to the players and I believe we shall progress further.

Brian Ssenyondo, St John’s Mukono Head coach
St John’s Head coach Brian Ssenyondo (Photo: David Isabirye)

On Tuesday, the tournament was also officially launched by the Commissioner of Sports in charge of physical education Omara Apitta, flanked by officials from the National Council of Sports (NCS), Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) and the main sponsors, Coca Cola.

Commissioner Omara Apitta inspects the JICO players prior to kick off at Kakindu Stadium on Tuesday afternoon (Photo: David Isabirye)

There was a procession of players and officials around Jinja town before they converged at Kakindu Stadium for the official opening ceremony.

In other games played earlier on Tuesday, Kigezi S.S recorded the biggest scoreline thus far, winning 7-1 against Loro Secondary school.

Mbarara based Sentah College overcame Mbale Progressive 4-0 as the 2017 winners Jinja S.S humbled Lugazi Homeland 3-0.

Giants Kibuli SS out-muscled Busoga College Mwiri 2-0 and Jinja Progessive Academy (JIPRA) were 1-0 winners against Kaggwa SS

Elsewhere, Nile College out-witted Kasenyi SS 1-0.

The games will continue on Wednesday.

This tournament will last for two week’s championship and will climax on the 18th May 2019.

Buddo S.S is the defending champion.

Jinja College XI vs St John’s SS, Mukono (Photo: David Isabirye)

Team Line Ups:

Jinja College XI:

Fred Irumba (G.K), Leo Walekaki, Simbwa Baawa, Ronald Ojambo, Hudson Wamutale,  James Ochali, Naseru Banaibi, Moses Adrabo Aniku, Jabel Mudhasi, Henry Omwayi, Davis Babalanda

Subs:

Ian Kakaire, Womaniala, Joel Wamazembe, Edmond Hunjuna, Hakim Mugweri, Enock Kaliba, Emma Tumwebaze

St Johns Mukono XI

St Johns’ Mukono XI:

Godfrey Mayanda (G.K), Sam Mutimbo, Robert Kato, Willy Juuko, Arajab Tibita, Nasur Wagiro,  Sulaiman Kimbugwe, Abdul Kawanguzi, Ratif Kaswa, Collin Arinaitwe, Sabir Yasisin

Subs:

Hamza Kivumbi,  Julius Magala,  Bernard Senkaba, Mahad Nkanji, Action Ssenyonga, Edward Ssewanyana, Keith Kiiza

Referees pose for a group photo with captains of St Johns and Jinja College (Photo: David Isabirye)
Some of the schools’ representatives during the official opening ceremony (Photo: David Isabirye)

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

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