FUFA DRUM 2019 – Quarter finals (Match Day 4):
- Buganda 2-4 Bukedi
- Acholi 1-1 Tooro
Buganda Province is christened as “Zambogo” in the luganda dialect loosely translated as “For the Buffaloes”.
Zambogo is now no more in the 2019 FUFA Drum (Inter-Provinces) tournament.
Tuesday’s 4-2 humiliating loss to Bukedi at the Pece War Memorial Stadium in Gulu means that Buganda who are the tournament reigning champions have now suffered two back to back defeats.
Buganda had also fell to hosts Acholi 1-0 in a game Tito Okello struck a priceless penalty.
These two losses automatically mean that Buganda are officially out of the championship until the 2020 event even with one game to play against Tooro on Thursday.
Ibra Nsimbe, skipper Fredison Gwoto, Benon Tahomera and super substitute Isaac Kisujju scored the goals for Bukedi.
Buganda’s consolation goals came from defender Enock Walusimbi’s powerful header and a cool finish off substitute Paul Ssekulima.
As early as the 6th minute, Nsimbe who features at FUFA Big League side MYDA reacted onto Cosia Waiswa’s teasing ball into the goal area for the opener.
Buganda’s reaction was timely and instant.
First, Maroons’ forward Solomon Walusimbi shot straight at the Bukedi goalie Emukule from 25 yards for the save on 10 minutes.
Five minutes later, towering defender Enock Walusimbi powered home a curling corner kick delivery by left back Steven Sande on the quarter hour mark.
On 20 minutes, David Owori was denied by Buganda skipper Ssebwalunyo from close range
Gwoto, the Bukedi captain had a direct free-kick well collected by goalie Ssebwalunyo after 22 minutes.
Buganda’s Alex Emmanuel Wasswa had a free header collected by goalkeeper Emukule on the hour mark.
Moments later, forward Sharif Saka missed target from close range as Buganda sought for a breakthrough.
Bukedi restored their lead through Gwoto who beat Ssebwalunyo from the tightest of all angles as the first half climaxed.
Bukedi built a two goal cushion thanks to a decent free kick from defender Tahomera.
Substitute Kisujju who had replaced Waiswa in the 59th minute got Bukedi’s fourth goal in the 72nd minute, another decent finish.
The goal galore continued when another substitute Ssekulima pulled another goal for Buganda.
Bukedi qualifies to the semi-finals to join another successful team, Lango.
Derrick Emukule, a goalkeeper for Bukedi was named man of the match earning Shs 100,000 on the spot and a plaque.
Meanwhile, Tooro rallied from a goal down to hold hosts Acholi to a one all draw.
James Otim’s opener in the 55th minute was neutralized by Joseph Ssemujju’s equalizer on the hour mark.
The games resume on Wednesday in Lira and Gulu. Already qualified Lango hosts West Nile at the new Akii Bua Stadium in Lira whilst Busoga and Bugisu will fight for maximum points to be assured of a semi-final slot.
Team Line Ups:
Buganda XI: Hannington Ssebwalunyo (G.K), Eddy Ssebiccu Kapampa, Philemon Lutaaya, Steven Sande, Enock Walusimbi, Rahamatah Kagimu, Ronald Ssekiganda, Sharif Ssaka, Solomon Walusimbi, Robert Ssentongo, Alex Emmanuel Wasswa
Subs: Nicholas Ssebwato (G.K), Paul Ssekulima, Frank Ssenabulya, Baker Buyala, Gavin Kizito Mugweri
Head coach: Alex Musongola Isabirye
Assistant Coach: Sadick Ssempigi
Bukedi XI: Derrick Emukule (G.K), Stephen Othieno, Yeseri Waibi, Edward Kabona,Benon Tahomera, Ibrahim Pengere, Iddi Babu, Fredison Gwoto, David Owori, Cosia Waiswa, Ibra Nsiimbe
Subs: Patrick Wafula, Andrew Kiwanuka, Aaron Okoth, Raymond Othieno, Isaac Kisujju, Paul Ddumba, Ronald Otti
Head coach: Abbey Kikomeko Bogere