July 5, 2022

Stanbic Uganda Cup: Booma’s Alianitwe careful not to put the cart before the horse

By Brian Aheebwa
Booma FC

Booma FC head coach Fred Alianitwe is optimistic his side’s Uganda Cup fairytale could end with the title but wants to continue taking it on a step-by-step basis.

It is a magical story of a third division team that started from the round of 64, 32, 16, quarterfinals, and now into the semifinals where they are set to face BUL FC.

The two sides will face off in a two-legged tie that starts with Booma as the hosts at Masindi Municipal Stadium on Tuesday while they will visit BUL at Kyamazinga Stadium in Jinja in a week.

“Our journey has been difficult but we have been a determined team from the start,” Alianitwe told the media in the press conference held at FUFA house in Mengo on Monday.

“In all the previous stages, we have played teams from all the divisions apart from the StarTimes Uganda Premier League.”

“That indicates that the setting of our tournament has been a step at a time which we shall continue focusing on until the final and I am hopeful we can go all the way and win it,” he noted.

Two divisions separate Regional League side Booma and SUPL outfit BUL, a fact that Aliantiwe acknowledged.

“BUL is playing in the top division where we also dream to play one day meaning they are our idols and as far as this competition is concerned they are last year’s finalists.”

“We respect them because, for very many more reasons, they have good players as well as the coach but we are ready to battle them.”

“Us starting from home I believe it is of an advantage, the crowd will play its part in Masindi and the player as well because I know it will be a different atmosphere when we visit Jinja,” he stated.

To reach the last four, Booma ejected Big FUFA League side Maroons FC 2-1 in Masindi while BUL saw off nine-time winners SC Villa by the same scoreline after extra-time following a one-all draw in normal time.

The Kitara Regional League side is unbeaten in all competitions this season and they are Big League-bound.

On the other hand, BUL has also had a relatively good campaign where they are placed fifth with two games to go.

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