UPDF shall be home against Impala Hill at the Army Barracks Stadium, Bombo Credit: John Batanudde

48th Uganda Cup

Monday, February 21, 2022:

  • Round of 32: UPDF Vs Impala – Army Barracks Stadium, Bombo (3 PM)
  • Round of 64: Kigezi Home Boyz Vs Vipers – Kabale Municipal Stadium (3 PM)

The 2021-2022 Stanbic Uganda Cup resumes on Monday, February 21, 2022 with two matches at different rounds.

In continuation of the round of 64, Vipers made the trip to South Western Uganda (Kabale) where they will battle regional side Kigezi Home Boyz at the Kabale Municipal Stadium.

This is one of the remaining matches that were never played at this stage because the players of the respective clubs were engaged on national team duties.

The other round of 64 duel yet to be played is that of Super Eagles at home to Sports Club Villa (postponed after SC Villa’s accident at Mijeera on Saturday, 19th February 2022).

At the round of 32, the first match to be played is that of Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) at home against Kampala regional side Impala Hill.

This contest shall be played at the Army Military Stadium in Bombo.

UPDF versus Impala Hill comes at a time that the army side held Vipers to a 1-all draw during the Uganda Premier League on Friday.

Brian Ssenyondo, head of UPDF is well aware of the threat that comes with such boggy sides as Impala Hill.

Brian Ssenyondo, head coach at UPDF Football Club

“They (Impala Hill) are a good side that we respect and therefore shall handle with care.” Ssenyondo reveals.

UPDF eliminated Soroti 3-0 during the earlier round of 64 at the Soroti Stadium with three teenagers Yasin Sabir, Phillip Angelo Taban and Rogers Mugisha all on target.

In that game, goalkeeper Brian Bwete was deployed upfront as a left winger.

The army side is expected to name a strong team with options available being veteran midfielder Musa Mudde, Ivan Ahimisibiwe, John Adriko, Ezikiel Katende (January signing), Donato Okello, Yusuf Wasswa (goalkeeper), James Begisa, Ibrahim Wammanah, Ssekitoleko, towering forward Taban, Mugisha, Sabir, Frank Yiga, Simon Mbaziira, Samson Kasozi, Robert Omunuk, Aggrey Kirya, youngster Shafik Magogo and others all available.

UPDF’s Ivan Amibisibwe points to the skies after scoring (a penalty) against Vipers last Friday Credit: John Batanudde

Impala Hill:

The Kampala regional side eliminated FUFA Big League side Proline 5-3 in post match penalties after normal time had ended 1-all at the Old Kampala Sports ground in Kampala.

They are coached by Frank Mulindwa who recently qualified Buwekula to the final of the Masaza Cup (will play Buddu on 5th March 2022).

Frank Mulindwa head coach of Impala Hill

Mulindwa admits they will approach the game cautiously since they are aware of the different levels between the two teams.

“We are not intimidated at all. We are prepared for the game against UPDF and shall approach this game cautiously” Mulindwa noted.

Star Impala players include dreadlocked midfielder Martin Nsubuga, towering midfielder Solomon Wafula, Joshua Kanzora, Ach Pariyo, Innocent Bichop and others.

Impala Hill team

The winner will becomes the first club to qualify for this edition’s round of 16 stage ahead of the other engagements coming up in the week.

Stanbic Bank Uganda is the main sponsor of this tournament played since 1971.

Paints manfacturing company Kansai Plascon are the co-partners.

Vipers are the reigning champions after humiliating BUL 8-1 in the grand finale last year at FUFA Technical Centre, Njeru.

The winner of the Uganda Cup qualifies to play at the CAF Confederation Cup.

Cash Rewards:

  • Winners: UGX 50M
  • Runners Up: UGX 25M
  • Semifinalists: UGX 12M
  • Quarterfinalists: UGX 6M
  • Round of 16: UGX 3M
  • Round of 32: UGX 2M

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

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