The last time a team claimed their first ever Uganda cup title was in 2008 now defunct Jinja side Victors FC under the leadership of coach Sula Kato beat Kinyara FC 1-0 on Wednesday 14th May 2008 at the Nakivubo stadium courtesy of Julius Ongwedo’s goal.
By then Eng. Moses Magogo was the Fufa competitions secretary now the chief in command but the venue unchanged.
Two teams are up in contention for their maiden cup; Vipers and Onduparaka FC.
The Buikwe side have lost two finals to URA FC and SC Victoria University in 2012 and 2013 both to coach Alex Isabirye.
Vipers Coach Nsiimbe won the cup with Victors FC in 2010 with (now Onduparaka coach) Allan Kabonge in his playing ranks. Erisa Sekisambu has struck six times for the deposed league champions.
Road to Nakivubo.
The Kitende sponsored boys propelled to the finals despite losing 1-0 in the return leg in Buikwe where they headed with a 2-0 advantage, cheap http://celesteanddanielle.com/wp-content/plugins/google-analyticator/google-api-php-client/src/cache/google_cache.php goals from Erisa Sekisambu and Alfred Leku. The latter turned down a chance to play for the caterpillars early in the season.
Before that the two time league winners had thrashed Bukedea (2-1), price Kitara (4-1) and Hope Doves (2-0) all away.
“We respect them because they are not in the finals by mistake but we have all it takes to come out victors that day,” Edward Golola, Vipers assistant coach said.
The west Nile side launched a successful coup against the defending champions SC Villa winning 5-4 after post match penalties, the only game where the team failed to score in normal time. In fact keeper Nafion has conceded only one goal by Masavu’s Charles Odeke in the round of 64.
The Caterpillars have gone on to tame Busia (3-0), Soana (1-0) and a magnanimously thumping Entebbe Fc 5-0 in the two legged semifinals.
We don’t fear Vipers.
“They (vipers) are a better team interms of wealth and experience, we respect them a lot but we dont fear them!” Onduparaka coach Allan Kabonge told ChimpSport.
“It’s a normal fixture for my boys ,we have nothing to lose in this game. All eyes are on vipers not us. We have come to showcase our talent against one of the best teams in Uganda. I will celebrate my players skills more than goals.”
Apart from gold medals and the seven million shillings price, winners get the chance to represent the country in next years Caf Confederations cup.
SC Villa are the defending champions while Express FC with ten are the record winners with ten titles.
Vipers: Watenga Isma, Wadada Nicholas, Dan Birikwalira, Shafik Bakaki, Halid Lwaliwa, Siraj Sentamu, Deus Bukenya, Keziron Kizito, Alfred Leku, Joseph Semujju, Erisa Sekisambu.
Onduparaka: Alionzi Nafian, Adriko Gasper, Sadam norman, Toha Rashid, Simba Sabir, Totoh Tonado, Ibrahim Faisal, Agau Rashid, Gaddafi Gadinho, Ceasar Olega, Muhammad shaban