FUFA Drum 2019 quarter finals
Group A: Buganda, Acholi, Tooro, Bukedi – Gulu
Group B: West Nile, Lango, Busoga, Bugisu – Lira
The 2019 FUFA Drum tournament quarterfinals under the theme ‘celebrating our ancestry’ will be hosted in Gulu and Lira districts, FUFA has confirmed.
This was during the quarter final draws held at FUFA house, Mengo on Monday. The teams at the quarters will arrive on November 19 and the quarter final action will kick off two days later with the opening ceremony at Pece stadium, Gulu while the final will be played on November 30 at a yet to be confirmed venue.
Rogers Byamukama, the FUFA Drum organizing committee chairman, explained the changes in the playing format which aim at giving the tournament more coverage and excitement to the fans.
“As FUFA, we are proud of the journey moved so far since the inception of the tournament last year. We have made changes in the playing format to bring about excitement and more coverage for the games. We thank FUFA and the government of Uganda for the amount of resources they have committed towards the Drum. We are optimistic that before the climax of this second edition, we will have a title sponsor on board,” noted Byamukama.
Unlike last season, where the provinces that advanced from the groups made it to the knockout phase, this time round, there was a preliminary group stage where eight teams qualified to the championship playoffs that will be played in Gulu and Lira districts.
Acting FUFA President, Justus Mugisha appreciated the reception that the people have given to the FUFA Drum. “The tournament has given people a sense of belonging. The cultural leaders have embraced it and rallied their subjects to support the teams. We thank government, FIFA and partners like NIC Holdings and Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) and Nile Special who have offered financial support. Additionally, FUFA Drum has helped us realize that as a country, we do not have good facilities and the tournament has helped us engage government and other stakeholders to make a case,” noted Mugisha.
In the draws conducted, defending champions Buganda, last season’s runners up West Nile by virtue of reaching last year’s final, were seeded. Buganda was placed in group A along with Acholi, Bukede and Tooro while West Nile lead group B along with Lango, Busoga and Bugisu. Just as last season, the winner will get Shs30m cash prize.
How the teams qualified from the preliminary stage
Tooro- 10 points
Busoga – 10 points
Buganda -15 points
Lango- 10 points
Acholi -15 points
West Nile – 10 points
Bukedi -12 points
Bugisu- 11 points
The FUFA Drum Quarter Finals Fixtures 2019
Thursday 21/11/2019 -2pm Bukedi vs Tooro -Pece Stadium, Gulu
Thursday 21/11/2019 -4pm Acholi vs Buganda – Pece Stadium, Gulu
Friday 22/11/2019 -2pm Busoga vs West Nile- Akiibua Stadium, Lira
Friday 22/11/2019 -4pm Bugisu vs Lango -Akiibua Stadium, Lira
Saturday 23/11/2019 -2pm Buganda vs Bukedi -Pece Stadium, Gulu
Saturday 23/11/2019 -4pm Tooro vs Acholin-Pece Stadium, Gulu
Sunday 24/11/2019 -2pm Lngo vs Busoga -Akiibua Stadium, Lira
Sunday 24/11/2019 -4pm Bugisu vs West Nile -Akiibua Stadium, Lira
Monday 25/11/2019 -2pm Bukedi vs Acholi -Pece Stadium, Gulu
Monday 25/11/2019 -4pm Tooro vs Buganda -Pece Stadium, Gulu
Tuesday 26/11/2019 -2pm Busoga vs Bugisu-Akiibua Stadium, Lira
Tuesday 26/11/2019 -4pm Lango vs West Nile- Akiibua Stadium, Lira