July 5, 2022

Arinatiwe ‘thrilled’ with Booma Uganda Cup run

By Brian Aheebwa
Booma FC

Booma FC head coach Fred Arinaitwe could not hide his excitement after learning that his side was the only non-StarTimes Uganda Premier League team left in the Stanbic Uganda Cup.

The Kitara Regional League outfit will face either Vipers SC, BUL FC, or Mbarara City FC in the semifinals.

Mbale Heroes FC which plays in the Eastern Regional League side was eliminated courtesy of a 1-0 loss to Mbarara at Kakyeka Stadium on Wednesday.

“It has been along a passage to this stage, it started with 64 teams and now four teams are left,” Arinaitwe said in an interview with Football256.

“Us being amongst the four teams is exciting because several top teams have fallen out. I am so happy with the team and what we have achieved.”

“We have shown everyone that teams playing in a lower division can also afford to showcase good football.”

“This is not luck, we have worked for it, the players have been committed and teamwork helped us a lot,” he noted.

Arinatiwe further expressed that he wants his team to go all the way and he is optimistic about going past the next level no matter the opponent they face.

“It is now clear that we are going to play a top-flight team and I believe the semifinals will not be the last time we play in this competition this season.”

“We know our level and how to handle each team, obviously we are the underdogs,” Arinaitwe stated.

En route to the semifinals, the Masindi-based side eliminated FUFA Big League side Maroons FC 2-1 at Masindi Municipal Stadium on Saturday.

Meanwhile, holders Vipers ejected fellow SUPL side Wakiso Giants FC 3-1 at Kabaka Kyabaggu Stadium on Sunday.

On the other hand, last year’s finalists BUL saw off nine time winners SC Villa 2-1 after extra time following a one-all draw in normal time at FUFA Technical Center, Njeru on Monday.

The semifinal draw will be conducted at FUFA House in Mengo at a yet to be communicated date.

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