By Peter Tabu
FUFA Drum Final.
West Nile 1 – 1 Buganda, (Buganda win 2-1 on Agg.)
Buganda Province are champions of the inaugural FUFA Drum competition after they edged West Nile 2-1 on aggregate, having played out a 1-1 draw in the second leg played at the Green Light Stadium in Arua on 6th October. Buganda had won the first leg 1-0.
Bul Bidico’s Villa Oromchan sent the home crowd into wild celebrations when he opened the scoring in the first half. At that point with the tie poised at 1-1, the second half produced a different outcome with Onduparaka’s creative winger Vianney Ssekajugo doing the damage. The pint sized winger slotted home to make it 1-1 and 2-1 on aggregate.
West Nile will have themselves to blame after they ignored bringing on experienced striker Brian Umony when it mattered most.
The win means Buganda walk away with Ugx 35m as chaimpions while Runners up West Nile will walk to the bank with Ugx 15m.
Other provinces also didn’t walked away empty handed as the Semi finalists earned Ugx 5m, Quarter finalists walked away with Ugx 3m while the 3rd and 4th in the group earned Ugx 1.5m and Ugx 1m respectively.
The competition also had individual players awarded with Buganda’s Vianney Ssekajugo walking away with the MVP award as well as his coach Alex Isabirye who was named best coach of the tournament. Both won winning a cash prize of Ugx 1m each.
Nicolas Ssebwato and Alitho James were also recipients of a cash prize of Ugx 1m for being named best goalkeeper and top scorer respectively, the latter notching 8 goals in the process.
Vianney Ssekajugo – MVP
Nicolas Ssebwato – Best Goalkeeper.
Alex Isabirye – Best Coach
Top Scorer – James Alitho (8 Goals).