The 2023 FUFA Drum quarter-final first leg kicked off on Saturday with two games on the schedule.
At Boma Grounds in Kitgum, in what was dubbed the Northern Derby, Acholi Province welcomed last edition’s finalists, Lango Province, in a highly anticipated encounter.
The home side dominated most of the proceedings in the first half with numerous attacks but couldn’t find the back of the net.
Hudu Mulikyi, Dominic Ayella, Abonga Dominic, and Francis Onekalit all came close to scoring but were unsuccessful.
In the second half, the spirited Lango side came back rejuvenated and displayed a much-improved performance throughout, resulting in two crucial goals on the road, granting them the Northern Region bragging rights.
Bul FC starlet Emmanuel Obua broke the deadlock in the 68th minute with a powerful shot just outside the box, leaving Acholi custodian Derrick Ochan beaten.
Seven minutes later, Starboy Denis Omedi doubled the visitors’ lead with a long-range effort to beat Ochan, who was off his line.
The result meant that Lango took the first-leg advantage and will be hoping to secure a spot in the semi-finals when the two sides face off again in the return leg at Akii Bua Stadium in Lira on Saturday, 18th November 2023.
Emmanuel Obua was named Man of the Match at full time after a brilliant display.
At Soroti Stadium, the home side, Teso Province, also took the first-leg advantage over Kigezi Province, defeating them 2-1.
The visitors drew first blood in the 34th minute through the usual suspect Dickson Niwamanya to ensure they went into the break in the lead.
In the second half, the hosts scored two goals through Police FC forward Isaac “Falcao” Ogwang, who is now the tournament’s leading scorer, in the 55th and 79th minutes respectively, to claim the first-leg advantage before they meet again on Sunday, 12th November, at Kihihi Primary Ground in Kanungu.
Following his match-winning display, Ogwang was named Man of the Match at full time.
Quarter-final first-leg action continues this evening with two games, as defending champions West Nile host the first edition champions Buganda at Luo Ground, Nebbi, while Busoga will welcome Tooro Province at Kamuli Play Ground.
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