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Vipers books KCCA in finale

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.

Vipers’ Bashir Asiku (L) and SC Villa’s Allan Kyambadde contest for the ball yesterday

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.

jovi@observer.ug

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