Full Time: Buddo SS 1-0 Blessed Sacrament Kimanya
Frank Ssebufu’s second minute strike was all that Buddo SS needed to defeat eleven commandos of Blessed Sacrament Kimanya SS to clinch the 2018 Copa Coca Cola national schools championship in a high intensive match played in a full packed Kakyeeka stadium in Mbarara district.
The eleven commandos of Kimanya put up a hard fought performance for the rest of the match and nearly levelled in the dying minutes of the match with a free kick from the 18 yard box but it was deflected for a corner that didn’t yield any fruits.
With the match nearing the end, Buddo SS resorted to time wasting antics led by experienced custodian Tony Kyamera who also turns out for Express FC in the Azam Uganda premier league to try to kill off the pressure from the Brian Sengendo coached side.
The championship was Buddo’s second in their history since winning their first in 2009 at Buhinga stadium in Fort Portal after defeating Tororo based school TOPA SS.
In this year’s championship, Buddo played 11 matches in total winning ten and drawing once.
Blessed Sacrament Kimanya who played the entire championship with only eleven players put up a brilliant show all through the championship in which they ejected last year’s winners Jinja SS in the semi finals.
At total of 198 matches were played with 555 goals scored.
Buddo SS assistant coach Simon who stood in for head coach Hamza Lutalo was in full praise of his boys
Last year Kitende eliminated us in the quarter finals but we kept believing and the discipline from my boys has been the main key to our success.
Kato (Buddo SS skipper)
God has made it for us, with out him we wouldn’t be here. Thank you my teammates and coaches and thank you God.
Despite the defeat, Kimanya SS tactician Brian Sengendo applauded his team for the hard fought display,
The team that used It’s chances well won but I am really happy with the performance of my boys from day one as we were only eleven players through out, It’s not easy to play a big team with more depth than us like Buddo.
Sseguya (Blessed Sacrament Kimanya SS skipper)
It’s what God brought but reducing us to eleven players from day one affected us alot as we had no Substitutes yet games were many but Iam happy with our team work that made us reach here.
The closing ceremony was graced by Sports minister Hon . Charles Bakabulindi who applauded Coca Cola for the work well done as well as urging parents to support their kids in different sports categories.
I thank Coca Cola for their support towards sports likewise the government is doing all to support sports. Sports is important and I encourage all parents to support their kids in different sports categories because it is the only way our country will develop.
Coca Cola that made 25 years since they came on board as official sponsors of the prestigious schools tournament in partnership with Adidas awarded Adidas shopping vouchers to the entire Buddo SS team worth three hundred thousand as well as promising to refurbish all play grounds they used in Mbarara for the two weeks tournament including the Kakyeeka stadium.
A number of presents like bags, balls, bottles, truck suits, etc were given out to different teams as well.
Jinja SS striker Tezikya Lawrence emerged the tournament’s leading scorer with 14 goals while Blessed Sacrament Kimanya SS Joshua Akao was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. The two were each given a shopping voucher from Adidas worth three hundred thousand.
In the third play off match played earlier, surprise school Agape defeated Jinja SS to finish third.
Buddo SS, Blessed Sacrament Kimanya, Agape SS and St.Marys Kitende who are the East Africa schools defending champions will represent Uganda at the East Africa schools tournament this year.