The second edition of the FUFA Drum climaxes Tuesday, December 10th, as Acholi province takes on Bukedi province in a highly anticipated encounter at the John Akii Bua Stadium in Lira.
With Bukedi knocking out Lango in the semi-finals in front of their own backyard, the bigger question is can they pull off another surprise result is no doubt they wear the favourite’s tag against Acholi.
The Acholi camp was earlier on Monday hit by a snug after their players threatened not to travel to Lira before being cleared their bonuses which amount to UGX. 300,000 per player, but the situation was later resolved with the team finally setting off from Gulu.
Furthermore, Acholi are boosted by the fact that they have the tournament’s current leading scorer Tito Okello who has already netted eight goals.
On the other hand, Bukedi do not have any bit of fracas within their camp, with defender Joseph Owino the only absentee through injury.
In his absence, Maroons FC defender Edward Kabowa will be tasked with marshalling their defensive backline.
Bukedi whose strength lies in teamwork especially from tried and tested players like David Owori, Yaseri Waibi, Benon Tahomera, Gwoto Fredson, Frank Kalanda and goalkeeper Emmanuel Emukule.
Forward Nsimbe Ibrahim scored the all-important goal that ejected Lango will have a key role to play against Acholi.
But they will not have it easy especially against the crowd that will surely be behind their opponents.
Bukedi head coach Abbey Kikomeko anticipates a tricky encounter but is confident his charges can accomplish the mission.
“Acholi is not an easy team, and it won’t be an easy game but I believe we are not here by mistake and my players know what it means to play in the finals,” Kikomeko told football-256.
It will be the second time this edition and the third in history that both teams will be locking horns with against each other.
With Bukedi having history on their side after registering one win and a draw which came in a one all tie in the quarterfinals at Pece stadium.
The match tomorrow will be officiated by former FIFA referee Rajab Bakasambe who will be assisted by Hakim Mulindwa and Okudra Emmanuel as first and second assistant referees respectively.
Buganda Province are the defending champions from the inaugural edition with the champion bagging UGX 32 million shillings in prize money.