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Bright Stars beat Express to reach first ever Uganda Cup final

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Angu James and Nelson Senkatuka celebrate Bright Stars equaliser against Express on Thrsday at Wankulukuku
Angu James and Nelson Senkatuka celebrate Bright Stars equaliser against Express on Thrsday at Wankulukuku

Stanbic Uganda Cup

Thursday result

Semi final, return leg

Express 1 (3-2) 1 Bright Stars (Agg)

Bright Stars and Proline will both be making maiden appearance at the Stanbic Uganda Cup final when they face off on May 25 at the Masaka recreation grounds.

Bright Stars players surge to celebrate after final whistle in Uganda Cup semi final retuen leg against Express at Wankulukuku
Bright Stars players surge to celebrate after final whistle in Uganda Cup semi final retuen leg against Express at Wankulukuku

Proline ejected fellow FUFA Big league side Kyetume 4-3 in penalties after a three-all aggregate normal time draw in the first semi final before Bright Stars ejected joint 10-time record winners Express FC on Thursday with a 3-2 win in penalties after a two-all aggregate normal time draw.

Dejected John Revita
Dejected John Revita

The two sides played to a 1-1 draw in the return leg at Betway Muteesa II stadium, Wankulukuku.

Express' Pius Mbidde negotiates past Bright Stars defense on Thursday
Express’ Pius Mbidde negotiates past Bright Stars defense on Thursday

John Revita gave the Red Eagles lead in the third minute but James Angu came off the bench and headed home to level matters for the visitors to force penalties after a 1-1 first leg stalemate at the Champions stadium, Mwererwe.

In the penalties, Hamza Muwonge heroically saved three Red Eagles’ kicks -keeping out Michael Birungi, Davies Mayanja and Sadiq Ssekyembe. Disan Galiwango and Jon Revita scored the only penalties for Express.

Farouk Katongole, Rajab Kakooza and Nelson Ssenkatuka netted for Bright Stars as James Angu and Enock Walusimbi failed to convert theirs.

The winner of the Stanbic Uganda has Shs40m cash prize at state courtesy of sponsors Stanbic Bank and a ticket to represent Uganda in the CAF Confederations Cup next season.

The Runners up have Shs20m cash prize while the losing semi finalists get Shs10m. The quarter finalists get Shs5m while the last 16 teams get Shs2.5m each. KCCA were last season Cup winners after beating Vipers SC 1-0 in the final held in Bukedea.

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