Acholi between Acholi and Bugisu in the 2019 FUFA Drum semi-finals

2019 FUFA DRUM Tournament (*Powered by Eagle Poa):

  • Final: Tuesday, 10th December
  • Acholi Vs Bukedi

*At Akii Bua Stadium, Lira (Kick-off: 4 PM)

There is a thin line that demarcates success and mediocrity, love and hate, victory and defeat as well as joy from agony.

As the 2019 FUFA Drum final between Acholi and Bukedi comes knocking at the new Akii Bua Stadium in Lira on Tuesday, 10th December, there is a lot to write home about.

First things first, the FUFA President Moses Magogo returns from a two month suspension by FIFA on the same time of the finale.

Delighted FUFA Drum fans

Hundreds of football fans across the divide in the country will be delighted for a reason or another.

Former FIFA Referee Rajab Bakasambe, an experienced party will blow the first and last whistle to determine who lifts the trophy for second edition of this annual championship embedded along cultural lines under the theme “Celebrating Our Ancestry”.

Acholi players dance during their quarter final victory against Buganda at Pece Stadium

Path to final:

Right from the group stages that kicked off on 30th March 2019, each of the 16 provinces had a target at hand of reaching the finals and taking the trophy.

But, the nature of football, there will only be one winner by the end of normal time.

Acholi toppled group C with 15 points in a pool that had the likes of West Nile, Bunyoro and Karamoja.

The Northern region team had one loss in the six group stage games.

On the other hand, Bukedi finished top of group D with 12 points, albeit, unbeaten with the same pool as Bugisu, Teso and Kigezi.

Then, the teams progressed to the new format of the quarter finals where Acholi managed one win and two draws in the group stages before winning the semi-final clash, 1-0 against Bugisu.

Bukedi beat two Provinces in the group stages and picked a point off Acholi during a one all draw when the two teams faced off.

At the semi-final stage, Bukedi overcame fans’ darling Acholi 1-0 before hundreds of fans in Lira.

Bukedi XI

Key talking Points:

Both provinces are determined for the best showing come Tuesday afternoon at the new Akii Bua fortress, over-looking the gigantic Ngetta Hills.

The only grey area to Acholi’s preparations has been that protest by the players on the eve of the match demanding for match allowances from the previous two games (Tooro and Bugisu).

Bukedi will bank on goalkeeper Derrick Emukule, defenders Benon Tahomera, Edward Kabona, Yeseri Waibi and Benon Tahomera.

Holding midfielder Ibrahim Pengere will as usual take on the spoiler’s role.

Bukedi’s Ibra Nsimbe celebrates after scoring after Lango at Akii Bua Stadium in Lira on Sunday

The strength of the Bukedi team is upfront with the likes of skipper Fredson Gwoto, Isaac Kisujju, Paul Dumba, Iddi Babu, David “Colgate” Owori, Cosia Wasiwa and striker Ibra Nsimbe.

Team Acholi also has the stars and its disposal as Tito Okello, the tournament top scorer with 8 goals, Isaac Otto, Moses Okot, Richardson Asaba, Francis Onekalit, Hudu Mulikyi, Slyvester Okello and goalkeeper Derrick Ochan.

Acholi’s Tito Okello is the current tournament top scorer with 8 goals

Winger James Otim remains a big doubt for Acholi after sustaining a heavy knock during their semi-final victory against Bugisu.

Experienced Rajab Bakasambe from Buganda Region will handle the finale.

The former FIFA Referee will be assisted by Kampala’s Hakim Mulindwa and Emmanuel Okudra (West Nile) as the first and second assistant referees respectively.

Deogratious Opio from Northern region is the fourth official.

The FUFA Drum theme is “Celebrating Our Ancestry”.

Rajab Bakasambe will handle the final

The tournament is proudly sponsored by Eagle Poa beer, Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) and National Insurance Corporation (NIC).

Buganda is the reigning champion.

Match Officials:

  • Center Referee: Rajab Bakasambe (Buganda Region)
  • Assistant Referee 1: Hakim Mulindwa (Kampala Region)
  • Assistant Referee 2: Emmanuel Okudra (West Nile)
  • Fourth Official: Deogratious Opio (Northern region)
  • Reserve Assistant Referee: Docus Athuhaire (Western Region)
  • Referee Assessor: Amin Bbosa Nkono (Eastern Region)
  • Match Commissioners: Rogers Byamukama and Hajjat Aisha Nalule

WE HAVE FACED ACHOLI ON A NUMBER OF TIMES including the last time we played in quarter-finals and drew 1 all. it will be a good final but i know, we shall come out victorious

Abbey Bogere Kikomeko, Head Coach Bukedi

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

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