Pepsi University Football League
Semi final, first leg
UCU vs Bugema, Mukono
Uganda Christian University are seeking first leg advantage as they host Bugema University this Friday in Mukono in the first leg of their Pepsi University Football League semi-final.
However, the hosts will have to work hard for a win, according to Coach Kintu Mwera who believes that Bugema University are a different team from the last time that they met. “The last time we met in Mukono UCU beat Bugema 4-0 but the team that we are facing this time has greatly improved. I expect it to be a tough game since we both like to possess the ball. I believe that both sides will not sit back and it will all go down to whoever takes chances better,” Kintu noted.
This is UCU’s first time at the semi-final stage of the competition –having been knocked out at the quarter-finals for the last five consecutive seasons.
Bugema on the other hand are playing in the second consecutive semi-final in their third season of participation and this shows the quality of the team, according to head coach Nyanzi Meddy.
“Bugema has made it against all odds to the semi-finals and we are not planning to stop at this stage like we did last year. Our objective is lifting the trophy and I believe we have a good chance. We are going to play without fear and our objective is to win both away and at home,” Nyanzi, who ejected last year champions Kyambogo said.
UCU will be without their creative midfielder Male Anthony who is on suspension due to accumulated cards and Wadribo Eric is likely to be shifted to the front line whilst Jurua Francis played in the holding midfield role.
The second legs of the semi-final are scheduled for October 16-18 while the final is scheduled for November 3.