Monday May 5 2014

Kibuli buoyant, giants exit Copa Coca-Cola

By Shabibah Nakirigya

There will only be one representative from Kampala in the Copa Coca-Cola semi- finals at St. Joseph’s Layibi College in Gulu after the only two surviving teams from the region Kibuli S.S and Lubiri S.S, were drawn against each other in the quarter finals that start this morning.

The other teams from the region had a journey to forget as they were all shown an early exit in the group stages. Old Kampala S.S, the 2003 winners, got a paltry 4 points from six games; Kawempe Muslim S.S and late inclusion Model S.S were none the better.
Kibuli S.S, who led Group D with a flawless record, are tussling it out with Lubiri S.S who only settled for second place in Group H and the former are optimistic of a victory, considering the contrasting form of their rivals.

No complacency
“I do not take Lubiri lightly, they are some of the determinant teams in such competitions but considering our form and theirs, I think we have an upper hand,” Abdallah Nakalya , head of football at Kibuli S.S, told Daily Monitor immediately after the draws.

“The boys are in good shape, and just ready to rumble”.
Kibuli are the current champions of Kampala region, having defeated Kawempe Muslim 2-0 in March and also won the preparatory UMEA Cup, defeating Masaka S.S 1-0 in Mityana late April.

St. Mary Kitende will continue their title defence against Arua Public, which pundits have highlighted as a potential banana skin. Kitende were Group C leaders and only conceded one goal in six fixtures.

In-form Wakiso region champions, St. Juliana High, are seeking their maiden title but shall have to first answer some questions from Hill View High.

Last year’s runners-up Standard High, Zana could not make to the knockout round from Group E that also saw Tooro giants and 2001 champions St. Leo’s Kyegobe eliminated.

Only two of last years semi finalists have made it to the quarters.