Acholi players celebrate

Eagle Poa FUFA Drum tournament

Tuesday fixtures:

Buganda vs Bukedi (2pm) –AkiiBua Stadium, Gulu

Acholi vsTooro (4pm) –AkiiBua Stadium, Gulu

With the excitement of the Eagle Poa sponsorship to the exciting FUFA Drum tournament still being assimilated by the provinces and the entire football fraternity, the action on the field of play continues this Tuesday with vigor and expectations to progress for the semi-finals.

Match day four of the newly designed quarter final format returns to the Pece Stadium in Gulu with yet another double header. Hosts Acholi, still basking in glory after their 1-0 win over the reigning champions Buganda courtesy of Tito Okello’s well taken penalty, face Tooro at 4pm during the late kick off game.

Acholi will once again rely to the inspiration from Okello, who was also named man of the match against Buganda. Isaac Otto, Alfred Onek, Francis Onekalit and HuduMulikyi are among other influential players. Their opponent Tooro squandered the precious lead to fall 2-1 to Bukedi on Sunday.

FUFA Markeing manager Esther Musoke appreciates Nile Breweries Limited after unveiling of Eagle lager beer as FUFA Drum sponsors

After taking an early lead through URA striker Anwar Ntege, Bukedi clawed back to score two goals through MYDA’s Ibra Nsimbe and  captain Fredison Gwoto who also features for StarTimes Uganda Premier League side, BUL.

Wounded holders Buganda province will lock-horns against Bukedi in the early kick off at 2pm as the two sides seek to make amends with prospects of qualifying for the semi-finals. Buganda’s head coach Alex Isabirye is buoyant that they will perform better in the next match against Bukedi.

“As defending champions, we are now left with no options but to win the next two matches to have a chance of playing in the semi-finals. We have the pedigree and the players are ready to die a little for their ancestry,” Isabirye stated.

Victory for Bukedi over Buganda will propel them to the semi-finals. In the same fashion and vein, Acholi needs an outright win against Tooro to book their slot in the semi-finals.

Losses for Buganda and Tooro this Tuesday means elimination which makes both fixtures a must watch. The new format of the quarter finals calls for the top two provinces from each group (A and B) to book their respective berths in the semi-finals.

After the completion of the quarter finals on Thursday, there will be one rest day on Friday before the two semi-finals on Saturday and Sunday at two different venues in Gulu and Lira. The final will be played on Tuesday December 10, 2019 at a venue yet to be named.

The FUFA Drum is played under the theme: “Celebrating our Ancestry” and is meant to develop sports tourism, celebrate ancestry, rally patriotism and unmask new raw talents across the country. The tournament is sponsored by Eagle beer as the main sponsors after Nile Breweries agreed a three-year deal with FUFA worth Shs250m annually as shirt sponsors. Uganda tourism board (UTB), UFA and government of Uganda are the other sponsors.

Love in the air as fans enjoy the FUFA Drum tournament quarter finals

Previous Results:

Match Day 1:

Group A:

Busoga 1-1 West Nile

Lango 1-0 Bugisu

Match Day 2:

Group B:

Bukedi 2-1 Tooro

Acholi 1-0 Tooro

Match Day 3 (Monday, December 2, 2019):

Group A:

Bugisu vs West Nile

Lango vs Busoga

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