UPDF duo Brian Kayanja and Isa Mubiru celebrate a goal. UPDF FC is among the clubs that will be drawn a the round of 16

The respective Uganda Premier League and FUFA Big League clubs are eager to learn their opponents for the next round of the Stanbic Uganda Cup.

The draws for the round of 16 will be held at FUFA House in Mengo, Kampala on Thursday, 22nd April 2021, starting at 10 am.

These draws like the case was prior to the commencement of the round of 32 will be supervised by the FUFA Competitions officials led by the federation competition director Aisha Nalule.

L-R: Daniel Kayongo (Plascon marketing), Sonia Karamagi (head of marketing at Stanbic Bank), Aisha Nalule (FUFA Competitions director), Humphrey Mandu (Credit: John Batanudde)

These officials are normally accompanied by the representatives of the sponsors (Stanbic Bank and Kansai Plascon) before the media.

With 15 clubs have qualified from the round of 32 hurdle to the final 16 stage, only Kigezi Home Boyz and Kitara fixture awaits to determine the 16th club.

For starters, the Kigezi Home Boyz versus Kitara first leg and return matches were not played after a miscommunication between the two teams and match officials as regards the venue.

Whereas Kigezi Home Boyz traveled to Kavumba for the first leg, Kitara traveled to Masindi as well as the referees.

FUFA then had to postpone both legs which have been since re-scheduled to 29th April 2021 and another date yet to be confirmed.

The successful clubs so far:

The 2019 winners holders Proline is among the second tier clubs still in contention.

Others are Maroons, Mbale Heroes and Tooro United.

The top tier clubs at the round of 16 are; BUL, Soltilo Bright Stars, Express, KCCA, Onduparaka, Police, Sports Club Villa, Vipers, Wakiso Giants, army side Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) and the tax collectors, Uganda Revenue Authority (URA).

The clubs awaiting the draws:

BUL, Soltilo Bright Stars, Express, KCCA, Maroons, Mbale Heroes, Onduparaka, Police, Proline, Sports Club Villa, Tooro United, UPDF, URA, Vipers, Wakiso Giants, Kigezi Home Boyz or Kitara.

The dates for the round of 16 matches will also be confirmed after the draws on Thursday, 22nd April 2021.

This year’s Uganda Cup tournament only featured clubs in the top flight (Star Times Uganda Premier League) and second tier (FUFA Big League).

The prize money for the champion was increased from Shs 40M to Shs 50M as well as the other clubs at the different levels.

State owned UBC Television has been televising a match on every match day, the first time.

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

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