St. Lawrence University have made it to the semi-final stage of the Pepsi University Football League four times in the past five seasons including in 2017 when they clinched the title.
They will consequently be in familiar territory when they travel to Kavule-Mpigi to face St. Lawrence University in the first leg of their semifinal this afternoon.
“We have a good blend of experienced and new players. As a team we know what to do when we reach this stage. Some of our players lifted the trophy in 2017 and the new ones are eager to taste the sweetness of lifting the trophy as well,” stated UMU captain Athnas Mutaawe who remain the only former winners left.
But they play a St. Lawrence side that is on the up and is playing successive semifinals to shed off the tag of punching bags from previous seasons.
“I know some of their players like Mutaawe and I know their weaknesses. Some have been our teammates in the Masaza Cup and others opponents. We want to win at home because you’re never sure away from home,” St. Lawrence captain and star-man Ibrahim Kasule stated.
The two teams have played each other twice this year with both games ending in draws.
“Last year’s team did well to finish third but it was overly dependent on one goal scorer, Isaac Ogwang.” St. Lawrence coach Nnono Ssozi said.
“This year we have several options upfront in Ibrahim Kasule Ibrahim, Missi Ssemugera,Ali Bayo and Collins Seruwu any of whom can win the game for us.” he added.
Pepsi University Football League
Semi-Final (1st Leg)
Today at Kavule-Mpigi, 3.30pm
St. Lawrence vs Uganda Martyrs