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Booma FC: The Masindi-based Club that has punched above weight in the Stanbic Uganda Cup

Booma Football Club story is a true testament to the common adage, ‘Never Give up on your dreams,’ and the fairytale journey they have had this season has risen many eyebrows.

Not even their failed attempts at earning promotion to the StarTimes FUFA Big League in the previous seasons has broken their resolve and the dream to ascend to greater heights still lives on.

One of the games Booma FC played at Masindi Municipal Stadium.

The Masindi based outfit featured in the playoffs for 2020/21 season only to lose to Terrazzo and Tiles FC.

However, their Cinderella story in this year’s Stanbic Uganda Cup has drawn everyone’s attention, the only team from the regional league to reach the semifinals, joining holders Vipers SC, BUL FC and Mbarara City FC.

Not even in their wildest dreams did the club and its officials envisage such a run but they have punched above weight and one hurlde away from reaching the final.

Daniel Bagambe, one of the club Directors and brain behind the team, rightly says that their quarterfinal win over Maroons ranks highest in the club’s history.

Born and raised in Masindi, Bagambe, known by many as Doctor, is a medical Laboratory Scientist and Public Health expert who works with Baylor Uganda.

Daniel Bagambe one of the club founders.

He is one of the founders of the club in 2012, starting as a group of Ex-players and young stars who used to train at Booma ground in Masindi town.

“We had passion for the game and even when many of us became occupied with work, we still looked at avenues of serving the community through football. That is how we came up with the idea of starting a team,” he recalls.

“We began with local tournaments around Masindi like Christmas cup, Independence cup etc but in 2012, the club registered with FUFA and started in 5th Division.”

The following season, Booma FC earned promotion to 4th Division where they played for three years before eventually advancing to Kitara Regional League in 2016.

Booma Football Club.

“After several attempts to qualify from 4th division we eventually got successfully in 2016,” Bagambe reminisces.

In their first Regional League season, Booma FC finished third. They even came a place better the next campaign (2018/19).

2019/20 season saw Booma FC top Albertine Group but unfortunately lost to Kasese New Villa thus missing out on qualifying to StarTimes FUFA Big League.

The following season, (2020/21), Booma finished top in Albertine Group again and defeated Asingya FC from Edward Group to qualify for the final playoffs at FUFA Technical Centre, Njeru.

Booma XI Vs Terrazo and Tiles

Their quest to get promoted to StarTimes FUFA Big once again hit a dead end, losing to Terrazzo and Tiles on penalties.

Currently, Booma FC are top of Albert group, Kitara Region, on 28 points with 9 games to go, and their is a lot of hope that they will this time be third time lucky.

Booma FC fans enjoying a light moment.

The club collects its funding from a team of around 35 managers who constitute a Management group.

“This keeps growing because we identify people in community who love football, follow the team and we bring them on board,” Bagambe explains.

“We also have two partners who support us with possibility of becoming sponsors in the future – Kidawalime Bakery and TUVI establishment dealing in construction and road clearing.”

Bagambe says that they face operational challenges working with limited funding and also managing players under amateur setup and keep them focussed on their dream.

The Stanbic Uganda Cup success has made the bosses buoyant and feel that their dreams are now within reach.

Booma FC has defied odds in the Stanbic Uganda Cup this season.

“Reaching Stanbic Uganda Cup Semifinals is our highest achievement in the club’s history. Last season, we were knocked out by Police FC at round of 64, and we want to continue to challenge for more. We are looking forward to challenging even bigger teams remaining in the competition.”

Booma started their Uganda Cup journey in the preliminaries where they beat Kigorobya County FC 2-0. They qualified to the semifinals as best losers after falling to Kagadi United in shootout.

A Booma FC fan carrying a drum.

They faced Kagadi United again in the semifinals and won 3-0 to storm the finals. They were beaten by Bujumbura FC 4-2 in the penalty shootout but had already done enough to qualify for the tournament proper.

In the round of 64, Booma was rewarded with a home tie against Nyamityobora, a side they went on to demolish with a 4-1 win.

At the Round of 32, Booma beat Kajjansi United 1-0 in Masindi to qualify for the round of 16.

They then knocked out TIPSA FC, a side that had earlier knocked out Arua Hill SC, with Clinton Asiimwe and Ashraf Ali scoring a goal each in the 2-0 win.

In the quarterfinals, they were pitted against Maroons FC but the Kitara Regional League side continued to defy odds, recording a 2-1 win to oust the Prison Warders and storm the semifinals.

Ali Ashraf opened the scores just before halftime, Fred Amaku levelled for the visitors but Denis Omendi scored a late winner to send the home fans into wild celebrations.

“The club is now visible and known across the country, our players, fans and management are so excited, we have expanded on our fan base, several fans are registering every other day, the management feel motivated,” Bagambe commends in the wake of a strong Cup run.

“It’s also an opportunity for other teams at lower level to believe that it is possible.”

Booma FC coach Fred Alinaitwe

On what has made their journey possible, Bagambe says that they have a competitive group of committed players who are proud to put on Booma FC jersey.

“We are having a very committed management that is able to facilitate the team, We are being driven by the desire to promote talent, build a resilient and competitive team that has remained focused even after failing to progress to Big league on two attempts.”

In the next 5 years, Bagambe and his colleagues dream of playing in the Uganda Premier League.

“We dream that one day, our team can play in the Premier League. We also want to be have the biggest fan base among Ugandan community owned clubs, get sponsors and have an academy to nurture talents.”

BOOMA FOOTBALL CLUB PLAYER PROFILE

Moses Odora
-29 years
-Center Back
Former Teams: Kitara FC and Kagadi United FC
-Jersey 1

From Apac District

Aldrine Kambale
-20 years
-Forward
Former Teams: Hima FC, Kasese, AS Kasindi Sported, DRC
-Bugema University 2019(MVP, 2018)
-Jersey 13

  • From Hima , Kasese District

Emmanuel Ekwong
-17 years
-Fomer Teams: PCCP FC
-Attacking Midfielder
-Makerere University
-Jersey 6
-From Lira District

Chris Isingoma
-17 years
-Attacking Midfielder
-Jersey 10

  • From Kiryandongo District

Douglas Kiiza
-23 years
-Bulemeezzi Ssaza
-Left Back
-Jersey 3

  • From Wakiso District

Ashraf Ali
-17 years
-Attacking Midfielder
-Blessed Sacred Kimanya, Masaka, Packwach Eagles and Bululi Ssaza
-Jersey 15
-South Sudan National but grown up from Kigumba, Kiryandongo district

Ivan Abi
-23 years
-Centre Back
Former Club: Calvary FC
-Jersey 4

  • From Arua District

Denis Omedi
-23 years
-Attacking Midfielder
Former Teams: Maroons FC, Lira United, Water FC, Sporting United, Amuka Bright Stars FC and FC Leader, DRC
-Jersey 11

  • From Lira District

Swadick Collino
-24 years
-Defensive Midfielder
Former Teams: Onduparaka FC, Kitara FC, Booma Young FC
-Jersey 14

  • From Arua District

Walter Omona
-23 years
-Forward
-Fomer Teams: Kiryandongo United, Bululi Ssaza
-Jersey 8

  • From Kiryandongo District

Richard Ssebayiga
-24 years
-Attacking Midfielder
-Booma Fc Academy
-Jersey 16

  • From Masaka District

Clinton Asiimwe
-21years
-Forward
-Fomer Teams: Kampala University, Kooki Ssaza and Bugerere Ssaza.

  • 5 goals in Uganda cup
    -Jersey 9
  • From Masindi District

Latif Biira
-22 years
-Right Back
-Teams: Kampala University and Kooki Ssaza
-Jersey 2

  • From Masindi District

Francis Anguzu
-22 years
-Goalkeeper
Former Teams: Kampala University and Gomba Ssaza
-Jersey 18

  • From Kampala District

Jasper Owobusinge
-26 years
-Left Back
-Booma Fc Academy
-Jersey 17

  • From Masindi District

Hamza Asiimwe Hamza
-22 years
-Goalkeeper

  • From Hoima District

Mahad Jjuko
-24 years
-Right Back
-Booma Fc Academy
-Jersey

  • From Masindi District

Patrick Ongeyowun
-21 years
-Attacking Midfielder

  • Hoima Young Stars Academy.
    -Jersey 7
  • From Hoima District

Leonard Matuwa
-20 years
-Defensive Midfielder
Former Team: Ssaza Buwekula
-Jersey 5

  • From Hoima District

Raymond Kihumuro
-18 years
-Defensive Midfielder
-Booma FC Academy

  • From Masindi

Booma FC Head Coach
Fred Alinaitwe aka Kajambya, has been with the team since it’s birth.

Assistant Coach: Ali Oku, former player of Masindi Town Council and Kinyara FC , commonly known as Tic-tac coach.

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