Former players – Charles Ogwang (L) and Shafiq Samanya at Fufa House – Mengo. (PHOTO/Courtesy).
Vipers v SC VillaExpress v KCCAProline v Kigezi Home Boyz/BULPolice v Wakiso GiantsMENGO – The 2021 Stanbic Uganda Cup quarter-final draws were held at a function held on Tuesday at the Fufa House – Mengo, under the supervision of the federation’s Club Licensing Manager, Ivan Kintu Bayige.
1996 Uganda Cup winning team captain, with defunct UEB FC, Charles Ogwang as well as playmaker with Nile FC – in the same edition’s losing finalist, Sharif Samanya, jointly conducted the draws. Ogwang turned out to be the scorer of the lone goal that assured his team the only recognized trophy in its history.
The draws, automatically, generated fixtures for the quarterfinals of the 47th edition of the country’s second prestigious competition. The quarters will be played between May 25 – June 2, 2021 on a home and away basis.
In the draws – the competition’s 10-time winners, Express FC take on their joint victors in the competition – KCCA FC as 2019 conquerors -Proline FC await the winner between BUL FC and Kigezi Homeboys – which sides are yet to complete their round of 16 contest.
Police and Wakiso will face-off – in less than a fortnight after their Uganda Premier League clash that ended in a controversy – leading to a month-long suspension of a match official – Jane Mutonyi. Wakiso won 3-1 in the April 28 encounter but Police managers were discontented after Mutonyi had disallowed a would be equalizer at 2-2.
The other fixture involves the 2016 winners of the competition – Vipers SC and nine-time cup lifters – Sports Club Villa.
Both Ogwang and Samanya attended the Mengo function at the invitation of Fufa.
“It was a great moment to win the Uganda cup. I scored eight goals and won the top accolade as leading scorer. Standing in as captain and guiding the team to victory was so sweet. Our captain was injured. I thank the sponsors Stanbic and Plascon for injecting money in the tournament,” said Ogwang.
Samanya said it was every player’s dream to feature in a final of this tournament.
“It is a dream for every player to play in a Cup final. I felt bad losing; because we had many injuries heading into this game. It was always a nice feeling ejecting teams from such tournaments. I’m happy that Fufa invited me to be part of this draw,” said Samanya.
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