The stage is set for this year’s Stanbic bank-sponsored Uganda Cup final between holders KCCA FC and Vipers SC, writes JOHN VIANNEY NSIMBE.
Vipers dumped SC Villa in the two-legged semifinal, thanks to Brian Nkuubi’s second half strike last evening at St Mary’s stadium, Kitende.
The two sides had settled for a goalless draw in the first leg game played last week at Wankulukuku. Vipers, who are eyeing a domestic double after clinching the league title last month, face holders KCCA FC in the final this Saturday, June 9 in Bukedea.
KCCA’s 10-0 aggregate routing of Synergy FC in the first semi-final last week is the biggest scoreline at that stage of the tournament in recent times. It was a huge statement of intent from KCCA, but more significantly, a show of respect for the opponent, according to manager Mike Mutebi.
“The final is a big game for us, because at the beginning of the season, we set to win everything. But we lost the league to Vipers; so, while we are not desperate, we have a responsibility to our fans to bring them joy and success on Saturday,” Mutebi said.
Since Mutebi arrived, KCCA have won five domestic titles: two leagues, one Uganda Cup and two Super Cups. But Mutebi insisted Saturday’s final is not a life-and-death matter for KCCA.
“As a club, we have exemplified ourselves. We have dominated Ugandan football. We were second in the league this time, but we have reached at least the semi-finals of the last three Uganda Cup editions. That is a mark of strength,” he said.
KCCA will be going for a tenth Uganda Cup title. Vipers have only won it once in 2016. The Kitende-based club lost the 2011 and 2013 finals to URA FC and Sports Club Victoria University respectively.