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Stanbic Uganda Cup: Round of 16 draws conducted

Round of 16 Full draw
KCCA FC vs Mbarara City FC
Wakiso Giants FC vs Vipers SC
Police FC vs Ndejje University FC
Express FC vs Paidha Black Angels
Calvary FC vs Kitara FC
Adjumani FC vs Bunyaruguru FC
Onduparaka FC vs BUL FC/ SC Villa
Soltilo Bright Stars FC vs Kiyinda Boys

The draws for the round of 16 of the 2022/23 Stanbic Uganda Cup have been successfully conducted on Tuesday with teams identifying their next opponents.

The draw function was held at FUFA Complex in the presence of the FUFA 3rd Vice President Hon. Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi.

FUFA 3rd Vice President Hon. Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi.

Former Uganda Cranes goalkeeper Sadiq Wassa also graced the occasion and shared his story in the prestigious knockout competition.

Former Uganda Cranes goalkeeper Sadiq Wassa.

“I’m privileged to have won the Uganda Cup both as a player and a coach. This competition is worth winning because knockout games are always thrilling. I therefore thank FUFA for inviting me to be part of today’s function.” He said.

Wassa won the Uganda Cup as a player at KCC (now KCCA FC) in 1990.

Sadiq Wassa conducting the draws on Tuesday.

“I remember SC Villa had won the League and were aiming to clinch a double. They had beaten us in midweek to lift the League title and we had to face them in the Cup final over the weekend. Luckily, we defeated them and denied them a double.” Wassa reminisced.

The former shot stopper also went ahead to lift the Cup twice as a goalkeeping coach at URA FC in 2011/12 and 2013/14 seasons.

Hon. Nakiwala lauded the sponsors for sticking with this competition, indicating their arrival brought a big improvement.

Hon. Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi.

“We are proud to associate with Stanbic Bank and Kansai Plascon Paint as sponsors for this Competition. With their financial support, the action on pitch has been thrilling because clubs expect money at every stage.” She indicated.

FUFA Competitions Director Hajjat Aisha Nalule indicated the date for the game between SC Villa and BUL will be communicated.

FUFA Competitions Director Aisha Nalule.

“We received a decision from the FUFA Judicial bodies about the game between BUL FC and SC Villa and a date on when the game will be played shall be communicated soon.”

Nalule also confirmed that Kisugu United was eliminated after Paidha Black Angles won the petition for the former’s use of ineligible players.

In the draws conducted, Wakiso Giants will face rivals Vipers in the Wakiso derby, KCCA FC will be at home to Mbarara City FC while Soltilo Bright Stars will take on Kiyinda Boys.

In the other fixtures Police FC take on Ndejje University, Express FC will host Paidha Black Angels, Adjumani TC FC face Bunyaruguru while Calvary FC will be at home to Kitara FC.

The winner between BUL FC and SC Villa will visit Onduparaka FC.

The round of 16 fixtures will be played between 11th -17th March 2023. Every team at this stage is assured of a cash prize of UGX 3M.

At the same function, the FUFA Corporate Social Responsibility campaign attached to the Stanbic Uganda Cup was also lauched.

According to FUFA Events Manager, Leilah Nankya, this year’s theme is “Make them smile again.”

FUFA Events Manager Leilah Nankya.
L-R: Aisha Nalule, Hon. Florence Nakiwala, Leila Nankya and Sadiq Wassa pose for a photo.

“This is the fifth year that FUFA has attached a CSR campaign to the Uganda Cup. Football is beyond just a game and that is why we look at making a positive impact in less privileged communities where the final is hosted,” she said before adding, “we shall collect clothing items and donate them in Lira City where the final will be played. Therefore, I call upon the general public, sponsors, fans and the corporate world to embrace this cause.”

BUl FC are the reigning Winners of the Stanbic Uganda Cup, having clinched this title in Masindi last year.