Saturday May 10 2014

Record champs Kibuli, Mvara in Copa Coca-cola final

By SHABIBAH NAKIRIGYA

Yesterday’s results

Citizens Isingiro 1 (5) -1(6) Kibuli SS

Mehta College 1 - 2 Mvara SS Arua

Today’s final

Kibuli vs. Mvara (2pm)

GULU. Eight-time record holders Kibuli S.S have their dream of winning their first Copa Coca-cola title in nine years alive, having squeezed through to today’s final after beating Citizen High School 6-5 on penalties yesterday.

Kibuli won their last trophy in 2005 and have since seen their powers wane in the competition. Today, they face Arua’s Mvara SS, who beat Mehta College 2-1 in the other semi-final.

Striker Alfred Leku, who promised a spirited performance prior to the tourney, gave Kibuli a 20th minute lead, but Citizen replied 10 minutes later when Isaac Olwenyi converted a penalty on the half-hour mark.

Neither team scored again in normal time as the tie headed into post match penalties.

Kibuli has to thank playmaker Farouk Ssentongo, who converted the decisive sixth spot-kick that gave his side a hard-earned victory and ended Citizen’s quest when the score was tied 5-5.

“It was a hell of a game, both teams matching each other in strength and tactics but it is great we have made it,” said Abdallah Nakalya, head of football at Kibuli S.S.

Citizen have had a dream campaign in their second appearance and coach Ali Tabuley’s side forced their way into the tournament’s history books for eliminating defending champs St. Mary’s Kitende in the quarterfinals. They earlier today, play Mehta College in the third place playoff for the bronze medal.

Former Copa Coca-Cola winners

1999 Kibuli

2000 Nagalama Islamic

2001 St. Leo’s Kyegobe

2002 Kibuli

2003 Old K’la

2004 Kitende

2005 Kibuli

2006 Kitende

2007 Kitende

2008 Kitende

2009 Budo Secondary

2010 Bishop Nankyama

2011 Kitende

2012 Kitende

2013 Kitende

2014???

snakirigya@ug.nationmedia.com

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