Acholi players dance in last season's FUFA Drum Championship

The FUFA DRUM 2019:

Semi-final 1: Saturday, 7th December – Acholi Vs Bugisu – At Pece War Memorial Stadium, Gulu (4 PM)

Semi-final 2: Sunday, 8th December – Lango Vs Bukedi – At Akii Bua Stadium, Lira (4 PM)

From the 16 provinces that kick-started the FUFA Drum Tournament, only four teams remain coming to the semi-final clashes this Saturday, 7th December 2019 and on the subsequent day.

Thursday, 5th December 2019 had marked the successful completion of the newly designed format of the quarter finals where the two hosts Lango, Acholi, Bugisu and the surprise packs Bukedi progressed to the semi-finals.

Acholi needed a late Isaac Otto strike to neutralize Ibra Nsiimbe’s opener as the two sides settled for a one all draw, good enough to see Acholi join Bukedi as the two teams from group B to qualify for the semi-finals.

Acholi action during their 1-0 win over Buganda at Pece War Memorial Stadium. They face Bugisu in semi-finals

Now, focus turns to the two semi-finals which will be played over the weekend.

Geofrey Akena’s Acholi entertains Bugisu, a team coached by Godfrey Toldo Awach at the Pece War Memorial Stadium in Gulu on Saturday, 7th December 2019.

Bugisu players limbering prior to their quarter final clash against Busoga in the derby. Bugisu won 4-3

On the following day, action will go to the new Akii Bua Stadium in Lira when Lango hosts the on form Bukedi.

Lango striker Pate Wanok shoots against Bugisu at the new Akii Bua stadium in Lira. Lango won 1-0

FUFA Competitions Director Aisha Nalule made the confirmation of the semi-final fixtures.

WE SHALL HAVE THE 2019 FUFA DRUM SEMI-FINALS PLAYED OVER IN TWO VENUES. GULU WILL HOST ACHOLI AGAINST BUGISU ON SATURDAY, AND LIRA WILL SEE LANGO TAKE ON BUKEDI THE NEXT DAY ON SUNDAY.

Aisha Nalule, FUFA Competitions Director
Fredson Gwoto of Bukedi celebrates his strike against Tooro in Gulu. Bukedi won 2-1

After the semi-finals, Monday shall be a rest day with the grand climax coming up on Tuesday, 10th December 2019.

Eagle Poa beer, a brand of Nile Breweries Limited joined the Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) and National Insurance Corporation (NIC).

The theme of the tournament is “Celebrating Our Ancestry”.

All Quarter final results:

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

Match Day 6:

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

PROGRAMME:

  • Rest Day: Friday, 6th December
  • Semi-finals: Sat & Sun
  • Rest Day: Monday, 9th December
  • Final: 10th December

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

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