Monday April 25
Kick off: 3PM
BUL football club take on SC Villa at Fufa Technical Center in Monday’s Stanbic Uganda Cup quarter final.
It’s a repeat of the 2014/15 semi final in which the Eastern Giants were taken apart 2-0 by Petros Koukouras’ side
Denis Kamanzi scored for the Jogoos at Kakindu stadium in Jinja, and Augustine Nsumba doubled their advantage in the return leg at Nakivubo in the semi final that was played over two legs.
The Eastern Giants will be looking to repeat their run to the 2021 final and are now just two more wins away from heading back to the ultimate stage of this knockout competition.
BUL rolled over Bundimasoli United without kicking a ball after the home side failed to turn up for the round of 64 tie in Bundibugyo but have since beaten Busoga United and Bright Stars to reach the last eight.
In contrast, SC Villa beat Super Eagles FC, Express and Onduparaka to book a spot in the quarter finals.
BUL FC were 2-1 winners when the two sides met in the league at the Fufa facility in November last year.
Musa Esenu was on the scoresheet twice for the Eastern Giants, while Isaac Ogwang came off the bench to score a consolation for the Jogoos in a game that saw the hosts reduced to ten men after Travis Mutyaba was sent off.
Overall, the two teams have met 23 times, producing five BUL FC wins, nine for SC Villa and nine draws
The Eastern Giants will miss Saidi Keni because of a knee injury. The game has come to soon for Simon Peter Oketch as well but the rest of the players are available for selection.
Coach’s opinion about the game:
Team manager – Alex Isabirye;
We expect this game to be tough because SC Villa is one of the most successful teams in this competition with nine titles.
Although they have been struggling in the league, they have been improving game by game in this competition. Therefore, the game will not be easy but we expect to win it.
We are quite prepared and very ready, and we believe we shall win the game.
Opio Deogracious has been appointed as the center referee. Omunyira Mathias and Eriada Hakim as the first and second assistant referee. Sajjabi Geoffrey will be the fourth official while Nelson Mubanda will serve as the referee assessor.