St Mary’s Kitende suffered one of the most humiliating defeats in their history as minnows Lira Town View clinched a stunning triumph on penalties after a 0-0 draw in Copa Coca-Cola Cup.
The 8-time winners have endured a traumatic campaign including lack of a match winner, but this was a new low for the highly regarded team that last won the trophy in 2015 in Hoima.
Not even Dr Lawrence Mulindwa’s presence or Kitende’s most ardent critic would have believed they could produce such a spineless display against a team, who have never progressed beyond the groups.
Lira opted for long balls taking advantage of Kitende’s little midfielders, as Bob Obira’s side expected to be tested to the limit by their illustrious opponents.
But instead, a strong Kitende side lost valuable opportunities through Gerald Ogwet and Farid Rashid.
Kitende were just as laboured with defender Daniel Awio blocking their moves and they paid the price in the penalty shootout, which Lira won 5-4 as Ogwet’s kick was saved by Daniel Owiny to book a place in the quarters. They will now put emphasis on defending the East African trophy which they won last year in Gulu.
It was a narrow escape for defending champions Jinja SS who eliminated Kibuku’s Hill View 2-1. Hill View took an early lead through Latif Kaswa before a brace from Lawrence Tezikya saved their blushes.
Buddo, on a7-match unbeaten run, humbled hosts Mbarara 3-0 while three penalties were scored as Agape edged Jinja Progressive to reach the quarters for the first time. Goalie Sanon Mulabi converted from the spot for Agape as Hamza Kasagga scored a late winner.
The elimination of home side Ryakasinga by the 11 commandos of Kimaanya culminated in teargas and bullets rocking the grounds to stop rowdy fans who were protesting Ronald Mutebi’s red card.
Round of 16 results:
Kitende 0-0 Hill View (Pens. 4-5)
St Julian 0-0 Old Kampala (Pens. 6-5)
Kigezi 2-0 St Paul
Buddo 3-0 Mbarara HS
Jinja SS 2-1 Hill View Kibuku
Agape 3-2 JIPRA
Kimaanya 1-0 Ryakasinga
Welden 0-0 Hands of Grace (Pens. 14-13)