West Nile's Tabu Vitalis (L) and Buganda's Rajab Jooga (R) showing off the FUFA DRUM trophy at FUFA House Mengo. Photo courtesy.

The road to the Final for  Buganda and West Nile

The road to the Final for  Buganda and West Nile

Sunday, 30th September 2018
1st Leg Buganda vs West Nile – Bishops SS, Mukono
2nd Leg West Nile vs Buganda – Green Light Stadium, Arua
Sunday, 6th September 2018
West Nile and Buganda Provinces will compete in the final of the inaugural edition of the FUFA Drum tournament.
The tournament that kicked off in February had 16 provinces take part but it is Buganda and West Nile that managed to reach the final.
Below is the journey for either province right from the group stages;
Buganda Province
Buganda had a dismal start losing their opening game 1-0 to Kigezi at Masaka Recreation ground under coach Mutono Stephen who was shown the exit immediately.
This was followed with a goalless draw away to Acholi province in one of the most watched games in the tournament.
The first victory for Buganda under the stewardship of coach Alex Isabirye came against Lango away in Lira. Allan Kayiwa scored the lone goal of the game.
However, Buganda lost the return leg to Lango 3-1 despite leading the game played at Bishop SS Mukono.
In the penultimate group game, Buganda nicked a hard fought 1-0 win away to Kigezi to boost their chances of advancing to the knockout stage. Diminutive forward Viane Ssekajugo scored the all important goal.
The final group game was against Acholi and Buganda needed maximum points to progress. Goalkeeper Nicholas Ssebwato converted a penalty in Mukono to guide Buganda to the quarterfinals.
At the quarterfinal stage, Buganda which finished second in group B on ten points had to face group C leaders and neighbors Kampala province.
Buganda hosted the first leg in Mukono and Shafik Kagimu’s first half penalty was the difference. The return leg at Wankulukuku ended in a one all draw thus helping Buganda to advance to the semifinals 2-1 on aggregate.
In the semifinals, Buganda hosted the first leg against Bukedi a game they won 1-0 courtesy of Allan Kayiwa but Bukedi replied in similar currency winning 1-0 as well in Tororo and thus the winner had to be determined on kicks from the penalty mark.
Buganda won the tense penalty shoot out 5-3 to reach the final.
Buganda’s Journey
Group B
Buganda 0-1 Kigezi
Acholi 0-0 Buganda
Lango 0-1 Buganda
Buganda 1-3 Lango
Kigezi 0-1 Buganda
Buganda 1-0 Acholi
Quarterfinals
Buganda 1-0 Kampala
Kampala 1-1 Buganda
Semifinals
Buganda 1-0 Bukedi
Bukedi 1-0 Buganda
Buganda advanced 5-3 on penalties
West Nile Road to the final
West Nile began their campaign away to Karamoja and the game ended in a one all stalemate. This is one of the shocking results of the tournament.
Alfred Leku scored for West Nile while Vitalis Tabu failed to convert a penalty and the home side levelled matters through Majid Ayop.
The White Rhinos however recovered to win their second group game at home(Bar Okoro stadium in Zombo District) against Ankole  province. Rashid Toha and Fred Amaku scored in the 2-0 win.
The next game also at home but played in Arua ended in a goalless draw against visiting Tooro Province.
West Nile made a daunting trip to Fort Portal for the return leg  and a solid and saw them edge Tooro at Buhinga stadium courtesy of Alfred Leku lone goal.
In one of their best performances, West Nile run riot past Karamoja at Green light stadium with a 5-1 win on match day five.
Despite ending the game with a player less after goalkeeper Nafian Alionzi had been sent off, West Nile registered comfortable victory.
Gadaffi Wahab struck a hat trick while Rashid Toha and Ivan Wani added a goal each. Victory meant West Nile had advanced to the quarterfinals with a game to spare.
The final group game was away to Ankole and West Nile were condemned to their first loss. Despite leading the game 2-0 through Fred Amaku and Alfred Leku, Ankole staged a comeback to win the game 3-2.
At the quarterfinal stage, West Nile that had topped group D faced off with group A runners up Bugisu and the former won the contest 2-0 on aggregate.
Identical wins of 1-0 wins both at home and away helped West Nile to progress to the semifinals. Fred Amaku scored away in Mbale while youngster Ezra Bida scored the home game.
The semifinal clash against Busoga ended goalless over the two legs but West Nile won the penalty shoot out 5-4 to storm the final.
West Nile Games
Group D
Karamoja 1-1 West Nile
West Nile 2-0 Ankole
West Nile 0-0 Tooro
Tooro 0-1 West Nile
West Nile 5-1 Karamoja
Ankole 3-2 West Nile
Quarterfinals
Bugisu 0-1 West Nile
West Nile 1-0 Bugisu
Semifinals
West Nile 0-0 Busoga
Busoga 0-0 West Nile
West Nile won 5-4 on penalties

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