Tuesday, January 23
•Rugarama (5)0-0(4) Kigezi Homeboyz
•Kyambogo 1-4 Wakiso Giants
•Super Eagles Lugongwe (2)1-1(4) Jinja North United
•Iganga Young Vs Ndejje University – Iganga Ssaza ground
Wednesday, January 24
•Fort City Vs Kyetume – Kabarole
•Kireka United Vs Young Elephant – Kampala Quality
•Admin Vs KCCA – Mbale Municipal
•Synergy Vs Mbarara City – Ndeeba, Kayunga
KCCA FC head coach Abdallah Mubiru is confident that his team will get positive results from Mbale as the Lugogo-based side visits 3rd division outfit Bugisu United in the Stanbic Uganda Cup round of 64 on Wednesday, January 24, 2024.
The Mbale-based Eastern Regional League side (formerly Admin FC – Tororo) has most recently had an impressive run up to the round of 64, but they’re up against ten-times winners of the competition!
Besides, the Kasasiro Boys, who have had an undesirable start to the 2023/24 Uganda Premier League (UPL) season want to seize the only most realistic chance they have at winning silverware this term – clinching the League Cup trophy.
It’s a knockout competition, and the KCCA headcoach knows exactly how much it’ll take for him and his troops to make it to the next level.
“We have prepared quite well. The team is ready to deliver the best perfomance. We’re positive about getting good results,” Mubiru affirmed.
“It’s a very tricky fixture for us, playing against a team as competitive as Admin (Bugisu United), and the fact that we’re travelling to Mbale makes it even more challenging for us.”
“However, we’re equally ready for the task. We also know that when we come to a tournament like this, we should be ready to play against any team, under any circumstances, so on Wednesday, we shall be in position to outcompete our opponents.”
Mubiru has just enough options from which to pick from his best eleven at the moment. Ashraf Mugume, Usama Arafat and Muhammad Shaban who were all active with the national team (Uganda Cranes) a few days ago have all travelled with the team to Mbale.
Except captain Julius Poloto who is still out injured, youngsters Dominic Ayella, Dennis and Haruna Lukwago are all back and trained with the squad ahead of the Wednesday fixture.
The last time KCCA played at Mbale stadium was last season in the same competition, and they emerged 3-0 winners over Kataka in the round of 32, courtesy of goals from Allan Okello, Tshisungu Kankonde and Rogers Mato.
To reach the round of 64, Bugisu passed through three tricky preliminary rounds, first, beating Black Panther 4-3 in penalties after a 0-0 draw. Goalkeeper Ramathan Mubiru was the hero, saving three penalties on the day.
At the second preliminary stage, 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 defeated Busia Youngstars to set up the exciting clash with joint-record winners KCCA.