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The FUFA Drum 2022: Thrilling action anticipated ahead of Matchday Two

The FUFA Drum 2022
Matchday Two Fixtures

Friday, 5th August 2022

Kigezi vs Buganda – Kabale Stadium| 2PM

West Nile vs Karamoja – Greenlight Stadium| 4PM

Saturday, 6th August 2022

Tooro vs Rwenzori – Buhinga Stadium |2PM

Bunyoro vs Acholi – Masindi Stadium| 4PM

All games live on FUFA TV

If the opening matchday of this year’s FUFA Drum edition is anything to go by, then more thrilling moments should be expected.

The return of the coveted Championship that is themed around ‘Celebrating Ancestry’ after two years was treated to a great welcome last weekend in places like Butaleja, Mbale, Iganga and Lira where the games were played.

Fans at Akii Bua Stadium that watched Lango vs Ankole match

And as action continues this weekend, more anxiety, drama, thrilling action and passion should be expected.

The four fixtures lined up this weekend will witness reigning Champions Acholi start their title defence away to Bunyoro, inaugural Champions Buganda visit Kigezi, West Nile host Karamoja while Tooro face neighbours Rwenzori.

Acholi won the last edition staged in 2019.

Kigezi Province host the 2018 Champions Buganda at Kabale Stadium but the former will be without golden boy Bobosi Byaruhanga who is busy on club assignments at Vipers SC who travelled to Tanzania for preseason activities.

Bobosi Byaruhanga will be missed by Kigezi Province.

However, they will hope SC Villa’s Abdallah Salim and Maroons FC new boy David Ndihabwe to inspire them to a first leg advantage in front of their home fans in an early kick off encounter.

Buganda coached by Alex Isabirye will hope inspirational forward Viane Sekajugo carries his scoring boots to Kabale stadium.

It should be recalled that Kigezi shocked a star-studded Buganda 1-0 in the first edition at Masaka Recreation Ground before losing the reverse fixture in Kabale.

Richard Kasagga of Buganda (left) clears the ball as Kigezi’s Derrick Mudali closes in during the 2018 edition.

The final game on Friday will be at Green light Stadium as West Nile host Karamoja Province in Arua. The latter are still searching for their maiden win in the tournament.

West Nile team that played in the second edition.

The star studded West Nile team will enjoy the ambience of their ever animated home fans in order to gain advantage from the first leg.

Karamoja are also determined to break the losing streak against the West Nilers. In their ranks is KCCA’s Stefano Loro Mazengo who will be making his FUFA Drum debut while the hosts will miss the services of foreign based players Alfred Leku, Bayo Fahad, Mustafa Kizza, amongs others.

It will be the fifth time both Provinces face off in the FUFA Drum with previous meetings coming in the first and second editions. In all meetings, West Nile have emerged victorious expect once where a draw was recorded between the two sides.

On Saturday, first leg fixtures at the round of 16 will wind up with two outings.

In the first game of the day, Tooro will host Rwenzori at Buhinga Stadium in Fort Portal City.

Fans at Buhinga Stadium, Fort Portal home of Tooro Province

Rwenzori Province will miss the services of pacey winger Sadam Masereka who recently flew out of the country to USA while Tooro will be without midfielder Keziron Kizito who is out on club duty (Zesco) and Marvin Joseph Youngman who travelled with Vipers SC to Tanzania.

The other game will be played at Masindi Stadium as Bunyoro host defending champions Acholi.

Action between Acholi and Bunyoro in a previous game.

Bunyoro Province have prepared for this fixture by playing four friendly games and so is Acholi with their notable build up game coming against West Nile.

Bunyoro will miss the services of Frank Zaga Tumwesigye who is not in the team camp but will hope for inspiration in players like Jamir Nvule , Derrick Kiggundu, Brian Aheebwa, George Senkaaba, Ivan Ahimbisibwe, among others.

On the other hand, the visitors will put faith in experienced players Denis Okot Oola, Huud Mulikyi, Moses Okot, goal keeper Derrick Ochan, last edition’s leading scorer Tito Okello incase he is in the country, amongst others.

Goalkeeper Derrick Ochan (left) receives the man of the match accolade from FUFA Drum organizing Committee Chairman, Rogers Byamukama.

Acholi defeated Bunyoro home and away in the second edition in 2019.

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