Acholi Province players dance as they celebrate a goal against Buganda during the 1-0 victory at Pece War Memorial Stadium, Gulu

FUFA Drum 2019 (Quarter finals – Match Day 6 Fixtures):

Thursday, December 5, 2019

  • Acholi Vs Bukedi – Pece War Memorial Stadium, Gulu (4 PM)
  • Buganda Vs Tooro – Akii Bua Stadium, Lira (4 PM)

According to the 2002 Uganda Housing and Population Census, approximately 1.17 million Acholi people were counted in the Northern Uganda districts of Agago, Amuru, Gulu, Kitgum, Nwoya, Lamwo, Pader and Omoro.

On December 5th 2019, a fraction of the aforementioned cluster of people who also have close brothers in the South Sudan county of Magwi are expected to converge at the Pece War Memorial Stadium when their province plays on form Bukedi in the Eagle Poa sponsored FUFA Drum competition.

Acholi is currently on four points from two games played in the newly designed format of the quarter finals (beat Buganda 1-0 and drew one all with Tooro).

A point off Bukedi who have won two games (2-1 over Tooro and 4-2 over Buganda) will be good enough to see Acholi progress to the semi-finals.

Hudu Mulkiyi chest controls a high ball

But, Acholi seeks for maximum points to top the group to the appeasement of the passionate home fans.

Should Acholi fall to Bukedi and Tooro emerges with a victory coupled with a good scoring margin, then, God forbid, it will be a disaster for the hosts.

Against all the odds, Acholi’s team which is coached by Godfrey Akena and Raymond Komakech will be buoyed by the passionate home crowd to make wonders.

Acholi fans
Acholi talisman, Tito Okello

Key Players:

The tournament leading scorer Tito Okello (Maroons), Francis Onekalit (Ndejje University), Hudu Mulikyi (URA), Isaac Otto (Maroons), Silvester Okello (Maroons), Moses Okot (Bright Stars) and goalkeeper Derrick Ochan (Vipers) among others are all potential match winners for the home side.

They will however come under close scrutiny against a free scoring side as Bukedi, one that has scored 6 goals in two matches and conceded three.

Right winger Cosia Waiswa

Bukedi’s first choice goalkeepers Derrick Emukule (Wakiso Giants), David “Colgate” Owori (SC Villa), Fredison Gwoto (BUL), Yeseri Waibi (URA), Ibra Nsiimbe (MYDA), Cosia Waiswa (Admin), Isaac Kisujju (Kiboga Young) have been blowing over all the cylinder heads.

Ibra Nsimbe joined by another Bukedi player in celebrating one of their four goals against Buganda

Elsewhere in Lira at the Akii Bua Stadium, already eliminated Buganda will be playing for pride against Tooro at the Akii Bua stadium in Lira.

Buganda, however, still has a slim chance of survival after lodging in a petition questioning the eligibility of Waibi who had appeared on a match day form for Busoga last season in the same competition contrary to the tournament laws and regulations.

The FUFA Drum theme is “Celebrating our Ancestry”.

All Results Quarter final results so far:

Match Day 1:

  • Busoga 1-1 West Nile
  • Bugisu 0-1 Lango

Match Day 2:

  • Bukedi 2-1 Tooro
  • Acholi 1-0 Buganda

Match Day 3:

  • Bugisu 1-0 West Nile
  • Lango 2-0 Busoga

Match Day 4:

  • Buganda 2-4 Bukedi
  • Tooro 1-1 Acholi

Match Day 5:

  • Busoga 3-4 Bugisu
  • Lango 1-3 West Nile

The programme:

  • Rest Day: Friday, 6th December 2019
  • Semi-finals: Sat & Sun (Venues and fixtures to be confirmed)
  • Rest Day: Monday, 9th December 2019
  • Final: 10th December 2019 (Venue to be confirmed)
Acholi Province players dance as they celebrate a goal against Buganda during the 1-0 victory at Pece War Memorial Stadium, Gulu

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

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