UCU buoyant after breaking UFL duck

Friday November 8 2019

UCU’s Fred Atuhyera (L) and Kampala U

UCU’s Fred Atuhyera (L) and Kampala University’s Hussein Mwanje vie for the ball earlier this season during the Pepsi University Football League preliminary round. PHOTO BY ISMAIL KEZAALA 


KAMPALA- That fortune favours a prepared mind is a phrase UCU coach Kintu Mwera could easily have used in the Pepsi University Football League (UFL) pre-match press conference. This is because of his belief that luck was on their side ahead of Sunday’s final showdown against St. Lawrence University.

This was the first time in five attempts UCU had gone past the quarterfinal stage in a triumph they further eclipsed with the semifinal penalty shootout victory over Bugema . “We have been preparing well every season. Maybe this time we were also lucky because this season we did things the same way.

There was nothing special,” Kintu said. UCU edged the first leg 2-1 in Mukono before Bugema pulled off a similar scoreline in the return leg. The former then prevailed after keeper cum captain Derrick Were saved two spotkicks before converting the final one to seal a 4-2 penalty shootout win.

St Lawrence are also in their first final.They progressed 3-2 in another shootout to dump 2017 champions Uganda Martyrs University out of the tournament.

“We believe this is our time. Actually if we do not this time we might even never win it,” St Lawrence captain Ibrahim Kasule remarked.