Duncan Bwabye was the understudy to coach to Allan Katwe as YMCA matched last season‘s feat of reaching the Pepsi University Football League (UFL).
But as luck would have it, Katwe who is still an active player and also played in UFL for three seasons up to 2016, joined Kenya Premier League team Sofapaka FC as a defender.
This has left Bwabye in charge as YMCA prepare to take on St. Lawrence University this afternoon at Crown City Campus Kavule Masaka Road for the first leg of their Pepsi University Football League Quarter Final. “We have a saying that this is not a one-man team and we shall continue to try and get results even in his absence,” Bwabye said in the pre-match press conference.
Coming from behind
The game will be a repeat of last season’s quarterfinal tie edged 3-2 by St. Lawrence St. Lawrence won 1-0 away in the first leg but had to come from behind to draw 2-2 at home against YMCA in the dying minutes of the game to edge YMCA.
“This time they’re the stronger team because they won their group,” St. Lawrence coach Davis Nnono Ssozi opined.
“Last year we narrowly beat YMCA having to come from behind after the boys conceded two quick goals. So we have to be alert at the back as the YMCA is very quick and dangerous on the counter,” added Nnono.
The quarter final first legs continue next week with Bugema University hosting Kyambogo University on Wednesday 11th September and Busitema University hosting Uganda Christian University on Friday 13th September.
PEPSI VARSITY LEAGUE LEADERBOARD
Quarterfinals (1st Leg)
St. Lawrence vs. YMCA
Today at Kavule Masaka Road, 3pm