Rebranded Regional League side Bugisu United – Mbale (formerly Admin FC – Tororo) will host Uganda Premier League (UPL) team KCCA FC in the Stanbic Uganda Cup round of 64.
Following draws held on Monday, January 15 at the Sheraton Hotel, Kampala, only the exact date hasn’t yet been confirmed, but the game will be played at Mbale stadium on any day between 18th-31st, January 2024, as FUFA will communicate accordingly.
Both sides have had poor starts in their respective leagues, very short of what was expected of them.
13-time UPL champions KCCA, who would’ve been competing for their 14th title are currently eight places and 14 points off the top – sitting nineth on the 16-team UPL table, with 19 points from 15 games. They have won 6, drawn one and lost upto eight games.
On the other hand, Bugisu’s Big League qualification hopes are still alive, but they’re very far in the league table standings. After four games, Bugisu, with just four points occupy seventh position out of 13 teams, just one point and two places above the red zone.
To reach the round of 64, Bugisu passed through three tricky preliminary rounds; the Mbale-based side first beat Black Panther 4-3 in post match spot kicks after a 0-0 draw. Goalkeeper Ramathan Mubiru was the hero, saving three penalties in the process.
In the second preliminary game, Musa Kigenyi and Abdu Nambale scored at Mbale Stadium as Bugisu beat Busia HomeBoyz to go through to the last test.
In the last hurdle, away from home, Baron Kironde scored the only goal of the game as Bugisu narrowly defeated Busia Youngstars to make it through to the competition’s round of 64, where they have been drawn against 10-times champions KCCA.
In the same competition last season, KCCA were ejected by Bright Stars in the quarterfinal stage, while Bugisu, then Admin were impressive until they met Mbarara City who sent them back home in the round of 32.
Last season, KCCA played a Uganda Cup game at Mbale stadium and they won. Allan Okello, Tshisungu Kankonde and Rogers Mato all scored as the Kasasiro Boys put three past Kataka to go all the way to the round of 16 in the competition.