The Stanbic Uganda Cup Final in Bukedea lived its billing

Saturday 9th June 2018

Stanbic Uganda Cup Final

Vipers SC 0-1 KCCA FC

Emokori Grounds, Bukedea

L-R Loard Mayor Elias Lukwago, FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo and Ajuri County MP Hamson Obua during the Stanbic Uganda Cup Final at Emokori Grounds in Bukedea on Saturday 9th June 2018.

On Saturday June 9th, famed Ugandan soccer clubs, Vipers SC and KCCA FC faced-off in the Stanbic Uganda Cup Final at Emokori Grounds in Bukedea.

Not only the fans were in Bukedea, but politicians as well were in attendance. Key among them included; Ajuri Constituency Member of Parliament, Hamson Obua who was the Guest of honor on behalf of the Rt. Hon. Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga.

The others included; Hon. Anita Among, Member of Parliament for Bukedea Municipality, Peter Ogwang, the Member of Parliament for Usuk County and the Lord Mayor of Kampala City, Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago who is also the club Patron. FUFA Executive Committee Members Rogers Byamukama, Hamid Juma, Kalyebala Mukidi, Rasoul Ariga, Issa Magoola, Agnes Mugena and Hajji Abdul Lukooya were in attendance-some as members of the Committees that organsied the final.

Ex internationals too graced the occasion and witnessed as the action unfolded. Hakim Magumba, Simeon Massa, Sadiq Wassa,Alex Isabirye and Paul Mukatabala were some of the former footballers that watched the game.

Uganda Cranes players Emmanuel Okwi and Captain Dennis Onyango watched the game as well.

The Stanbic Uganda Cup final lived the billing of many people that were in Bukedea  and those that followed the game on different media platforms.

KCCA captain Timothy Awany heads away the ball during an aerial contest at Emokori play ground, Bukedea

Bukedea looked glorious in the sunshine on Saturday as Vipers SC and KCCA FC fans, who descended to Emokori Grounds, had a great day out.

The fans inside Emokori Grounds were loud, with better organisation making a difference following positive communication between fans and the clubs.

From the hype, to the end action on pitch coupled with the wild celebrations at the final whistle, the mood at Emokori grounds produced a sense of a final in every sense of the word.

Vocal supporters stood together, while stick flags were all over in Red and Yellow colors being raised by the fans.

KCCA FC captured the Cup by winning the game 0-1 on the strength of a sole goal from Julius Poloto in the 42nd minute.

The win marked KCCAFC’s second consecutive Uganda Cup in two years and cemented the legacy of head Coach Mike Mutebi, as he is now one of the most successful Coaches in the history of the competition.

 

Match review:

Both teams started with style and vigour. Vipers SC created a few chances when Karisa Milton missed a shot and Tadeo Lwanga close range shot was saved by KCCA FC shotstopper Charles Lukwago.

KCCA FC’s Allan Okello’s cross found a well-positioned Julius Poloto to head it into the back of the net. Taht reminded many fans of schools football of how both Okello and Poloto used to terrorise fellow students on the pitch while at Kibuli SS.

Vipers head Coach Miguel Da Costa threw everything at KCCA FC by bringing on Brian Nkuubi, Striker Steven Mukwala and Pius Wangi, but couldn’t find an equaliser for Vipers SC. However Lukwago was forced to make a superb save 5 minutes to the end of the game.

Different roles in the final Alan Okello of KCCA FC (L) and Tadeo Lwanga of Vipers SC (R) at Emokori Grounds in Bukedea on Saturday 9th June 2018.

The Competition:

The Stanbic Uganda Cup is the second most prestigious competition in Uganda football.

It is played on a knock out basis. This annual competition is open for non league sides, registered clubs playing in all the five football divisions of  the Federation Of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA).

It was first held in 1971, Coffee FC was the champion beating rivals Simba FC (Army FC) by 1:0 in the Final.

This season 2017/2018 was the 44th edition, it began with regional preliminary rounds where 22 Clubs qualified for the round of 64.

The 22 Clubs from regional level joined the 16 Azam Uganda Premier League clubs and 26 from the FUFA Big League to make up the figure of 64 teams.

Express FC and KCCA FC have won the most trophies with 10 each since 1971. SC Villa follows with 9.

KCCA FC has reached the most final with 17 times.

The magnitude of the event makes it highly entertaining and enjoying because of its massive country reach since the final is rotated across different places of the Country since 2013 on a regional basis.

The winner of the competition represents Uganda in the CAF Confederation Cup.

The Awards:

KCCA FC players walked away with all the Individual awards in this season’s Stanbic Uganda Cup.

Allan Okello was named Most Valuable Player (MVP), his counterpart Patrick Kaddu took the top scorer Award with 6 goals whereas goalkeeper Charles Lukwago received the Golden Glove award from legendary goalkeeper Cranes Denis Onyango and Sadik Wassa.

KCCA FC goalkeeper Charles Lukwago was rewarded as best goalkeeper. He was awarded by Uganda Cranes captain Denis Onyango and former Uganda Cranes goalkeeper Sadiq Wassa. Stanbic Marketing Manager Sonia Karamagi  (in blue and head gear) also presented the individual awards to the winners. All Individual winners also got a Hi Sense TV set each. 
MVP Stanbic Uganda Cup 2017/18 season Allan Okello of KCCA FC (L) receives his accolade from Hakim Magumba and Ayub Balyejusa at Emokori Grounds Bukedea on Sturday June 9th 2018. 
Stanbic Uganda Cup top scorer Patrick Kaddu recieves his Hi-Sense Television set from former Uganda Cranes striker Alex Isabirye and current Uganda Cranes forward Emmanuel Arnold Okwi

Sponsorship:

Uganda’s Leading Banking Company “Stanbic Bank Uganda” are the main Sponsors of the Uganda Cup.

The Sponsorship has run for the first season since it was unveiled on Tuesday 13th February 2018 at the Head Offices of Stanbic Bank Uganda in Nakasero.

Stanbic Bank Uganda and FUFA signed a one year renewable contract of Sh.300M.

110 M in Cash Prizes;

The winner KCCA FC bagged Sh.30M while the runners up Vipers SC took Sh.20M, the other teams that were eliminated in the semifinals received Sh.10M each, and the quarter finalists Sh.5M each. Each team in the final was given 10M to prepare for the match.

Sponsor’s Message:

‘Fans should continue supporting their teams and  the Uganda Cup. It is so special having such fans from all parts of the Country in Bukeadea.’

‘Many fans in Bukedea and the surrounding areas got the chance to watch two biggest Clubs playing in a Cup final.  I think it was a fantastic game with the best entertainment’

‘This is our first year of sponsorship for the Uganda Cup. We are ready to continue supporting the tournament and we want to make it the best brand of football all our focus in this game is here’ said Daniel Ogong Stanbic Bank Uganda Head of Marketing and Communications.

The Chief Guest:

‘I thank FUFA for deciding to have the final of Stanbic Uganda Cup here in Bukedea. It has not only inspired the sports community but also added to the business community in Bukedea and places around’ ‘It’s a big step in having our people together and feel the joy of football from fans across the Country’ said MP Hamson Obua.

The Fans:

‘I’m glad I have enjoyed watching the best players in the Country at Emokori it is wonderful. I have watched Dan Serunkuma, Allan Okello, Milton Karisa and others, I thank FUFA for giving us the chance to host the final” noted a football fan-Pius Akajwai from Atutur village.

We were expecting our team to win, as a fan of KCCA FC i’m not surprised we have won the Cup, we are the best team in Uganda no doubt about it.’ said Faisal Musoke KCCA FC fan.

Our players tried their best but things did not go as wished. They had many chances to score but that’s football, there is always one Cup winner and that is KCCA FC today. The organisations has been good and the officiation has been better, i can’t complain on any thing.’ Kasozi Joseph Vipers SC fan

KCCA FC fans celebrating after winning the 2017/2018 Stanbic Uganda Cup  at Emokori Grounds in Bukedea on Saturday June 9th 2018. Goalkeeper Lukwago enjoys a moment being lifted aloft high by the fans. 
KCCA FC fans celebrating after their team won the 2017/2018 Stanbic Uganda Cup at Emokori Grounds. 

‘Today’s game has been a blessing especially to us as the community upcountry.  When the games are centralised in Kampala we don’t feel them or being part of the football community, but when it’s brought down here it’s good and special for us and the game of football.’

‘We have been trying to build talent here. It has inspired our young footballers who had watched National team players in the final.

‘What FUFA and Stanbic has done at the local level in preparing the final . I think it is an eye opener to other organisations and the entire Country’  Nelson Okau Assistant DFA Chairman Bukedea.

Prior to the game, FUFA fulfilled it’s commitment of Corporate Social Responsibility by delivering the clothes donated by football fans and different institutions to Kumi Church of Uganda.

Donations collected during the FUFA CSR activity attached to the Stanbic Uganda cup were delivered on Saturday.

Uganda Cup winners since 1971

1971 Coffee SC 2-1 Army

1972-1975 competition suspended

1976 Gangama United 0-0 Coffee SC (4-2 pen)

1977 Simba w/o Nytil FC

1978 Nsambya 1-0 UCB

1979 KCC w/o UCB

1980 KCC 2-0 Maroons

1981 Coffee SC 1-1 UCB (5-4 pen)

1982 KCC vs Nile (Nile walked off in 75′ at 1-0; KCC winners)

1983 SC Villa 1-0 KCC

1984 KCC 3-2 Coffee SC

1985 Express 3-1 KCC

1986 SC Villa 2-0 Tobacco

1987 KCC 1-0 SC Villa

1988 SC Villa 3-1 Express

1989 SC Villa 4-2 Express

1990 KCC 3-0 SC Villa

1991 Express 4-1 Nile

1992 Express 1-0 Nile

1993 KCC 2-1 Dairy Heroes

1994 Express 0-0 KCC (4-3 pen)

1995 Express 2-0 Posta (aet)

1996 UEB 1-0 Nile

1997 Express 4-1 UEB

1998 Villa 2-0 Simba

1999 Dairy Heroes 0-0 Lyantonde FC (3-0 pen)

2000 Villa 1-0 Military Police

2001 Express 3-1 Villa

2002 Villa 2-1 Express

2003 Express 3-1 Police

2004 KCC 1-1 Express (aet, 3-2 pen)

2005 URA 2-1 KCC

2006 Express 2-0 Maji

2007 Express 0-0 KCC (aet, 4-2 pen)

2008 Victors 1-0 Kinyara

2009 Villa 2-1 URA

2010 Victors 1-1 Simba (aet, 5-4 pen)

2011 Simba 2-1 URA

2012 URA 1-0 Bunamwaya

2013 SCVU 1-1 Vipers (aet, 5-3 pen)

2014 URA 2-2 KCC (aet 4-2 pen)

2015 SC Villa 3-0 KCC

2016 Vipers SC 3-1 Onduparaka FC

2017 Paidha Black Angels FC 0-2 KCCA FC

2018  Vipers SC 0:1 KCCA FC

 

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