December 9, 2021

Bikuuka Football: Only the strongest eight still standing

By Baron Kironde
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Halasi Captain Mike Siu (R) leads Umukuuka, the late Sir Bob Mushikori in inspection of the team in last edition's Bikuuka final at Mbale SS playground | Photo by Benon Nakibuuyi

Last edition’s finalists of the Bikuuka (Clans) Sports football tournament Halasi qualified to the last eight of this year’s edition as the only team not to concede any goal at the round of 16.

Halasi won 1-0 and 4-0 against Luganya to go through on a convincing 5-0 aggregate.

Defending champions Mukonde managed to win their second leg 2-1 against Sulani at Mbale Stadium.

The two sides had played out a goalless draw in the first leg, so Mukonde’s win meant automatic qualification.

Mutiru proved too strong for last edition’s third placed team Kigai to qualify on a 4-3 aggregate, as the two sides produced one of the most entertaining games in the round of 16.

Mutiru had won 2-1 in the first leg before the thrilling 2-2 draw at the Bududa TC Boma ground.

After drawing 0-0 in the first leg, Wakoko managed to score a goal in the second leg to oust last year’s semifinalist Mututa on a 1-0 aggregate.

Meanwhile, Muyobo also qualified to the last eight for the first time ever, after squeezing past Wangokho to qualify on away goals rule as none of the two teams won against each other over the two legs.

They had drawn 1-1 at Wangokho’s home, before Muyobo held on for a goalless draw at their backyard.

In a hotly contested duel, the match between Ginyanya and Hugu had to be abandoned in the 75th minute as fans stormed the pitch protesting against the former’s second goal.

The referee’s report indicated that it was Hugu’s fault, and Ginyanya went on to qualify with the two goals aggregate as both sides had not scored against each other in the first leg.

Siu sent Wabwala packing with a convincing 3-1 win at home to go through with a 4-3 aggregate. Siu had endured a terrible first leg at Wabwala’s home where they went on to lose 2-1.

Sano, like Muyobo qualified to the quarters without any win in the round of 16, but only two points and an important away goal against Mubutu in their one-all draw. They had played out a goalless draw in the first leg.

If anything does not change for any reason, then the four quarterfinal fixtures will be played at Mbale SS and Mbale Stadium on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 respectively.

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