By Martin Kaddu:
Stanbic Uganda Cup
Kyetume vs St. Stephen, Nakisunga
Jinja SS vs Onduparaka, Jinja
URA FC vs Synergy, Namboole
Two sides coming off defeats in the StarTimes Uganda premier league seek solace when they clash in the Stanbic Uganda Cup Round of 32 this Friday at the Mighty Arena in Jinja. The tie, one of the three exciting lined up on the day, will see hosting Kirinya Jinja SSS seek recovery from the 3-0 away loss to Mbarara City while the visitors want recovery from the 3-0 away loss to league champions Vipers SC last timeout. Onduparaka, who welcome back right back Denis Okot from suspension, picked a 3-0 victory at the same venue during the current premier league first round tie and will hope to build on the hosts’ poor home run to progress. The Caterpillars were ejected by 10-man Soana in the previous edition at this stage after a 3-2 loss in Kavumba and the 2016 losing finalists have to be at their best against a tricky Charles Ayiekoh side that were also ejected by regional league side Seeta United last season at the round of 64 after a shocking 1-0 away loss. In other games, last season’s dark horses Synergy hope to replicate their last season performance -when they were ejected at semi final by eventual winners KCCA FC on 10-0 aggregate as they visit ‘injured’ URA FC at Namboole stadium. The three-time winners come off a painful 1-0 league loss to leaders KCCA FC at the same venue, but the odds favour them to ride over the regional league side. At Nakisunga Ssaza grounds, StarTimes Fufa Big league side Kyetume FC are favourites as they welcome St Stephen FC. The Stanbic-sponsored tournament returns on Sunday with Big league side Bumate hosting Premier league side Bright Stars FC at Christ High School in Bundibugyo. Stanbic bank improved the prize money from Shs90m last year to Shs120m this year. The 45th edition winners have Shs40m cash prize and representation of the country in CAF Confederations Cup the subsequent year at stake while the losing finalists have Shs20m.