After a busy week in the Stanbic Uganda Cup that kicked off uniquely at the Round of 32 stage with only the 32 teams from the top two tiers of Ugandan football’s pyramid competing, 15 teams are through to the Round of 16.
Only one slot remains as we await the winner between Kitara FC and Kigezi Home Boyz encounter that remains in the balance as it was postponed to a later date.
Eleven StarTimes Uganda Premier League sides and four FUFA Big League teams wait to see who they draw in the round of 16 of this year’s competition.
KCCA FC, Vipers SC, Express FC, SC Villa, URA FC, Police FC, Onduparaka FC, Wakiso Giants, UPDF FC, Bright Stars, and BUL FC are all still in the race.
While Proline FC, Maroons FC, Tooro United, and Mbale Heroes are the representatives from the second division.
The above 15 teams are already guaranteed three million shillings each in price money while those eliminated at the Round of 32 walk away with UGX 1.5 million each.
It should be noted that this time around, the Uganda Cup kicked off at the Round of 32 unlike previous editions which have usually started at the Round of 64, and the ties were played on a home and away format.
Current holders Proline started off strongly with a convincing 4-1 win over SUPL side MYDA FC in the first leg at the MTN Omondi Stadium, Lugogo.
However, they scrapped through 5-4 on aggregated as MYDA threatened to overturn the result winning 3-1 on the day.
Record winners KCCA won over two legs to advance 5-3 on aggregate. They picked up a commanding 4-2 victory at home and got the job done with a 1-0 away win against Nyamityobora FC.
Joint record winners Express needed a late Frank Kalanda penalty to triumph 3-2 on aggregate over Kyetume FC. The Red Eagles twice came from behind to level the first leg 2-2 before edging out Kyetume 1-0 in the second leg at the Betway Muteesa II Stadium.
Reigning UPL champions, Vipers advanced 5-1 after both legs against fellow UPL side Busoga United. The Venoms won 3-0 at St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende before a 2-1 win at Kyabazinga Stadium.
URA picked up a narrow 1-0 victory at Kakyeka Stadium in the second leg to advance past Mbarara City FC after a goalless stalemate in the first leg.
SC Villa had to overturn a first-leg deficit following a shocking 1-0 defeat to Big League side Ndejje University FC. They finished off perfectly with a 3-0 victory in the second leg to progress 3-1 on aggregate.
Police were the biggest winners of the round advancing 10-1 on aggregate following 5-0 and 5-1 wins home and away respectively against Big League side Calvary FC.
Wakiso Giants were also comfortable in their encounter with respective 3-1 and 2-1 first and second leg victories against second division side Water FC maneuvering through 5-2 on aggregate.
BUL took a 2-0 first-leg advantage against Big League side Blacks Power FC and went on to win 3-1 in the second leg to advance 5-1 on aggregate.
Meanwhile, Onduparaka scrapped through 1-0 on aggregate against Big League side Luweero United, as UPDF advanced on away goals rule after they tied with Arua Hill 3-3 on aggregate over both legs.
Bright Stars eliminated Paidha Black Angels finished 3-2 on aggregate while Maroons thrashed Terrazzo and Tiles 6-0 in the second leg following a one-all draw in the first leg to advance 7-1 on aggregate.
Tooro were 3-2 winners against Kataka FC after both ties. They won the second leg 3-1 having lost the first leg 1-0.
Elsewhere, Gadafi FC and Mbale Heroes was the only tie decided on penalties after both sides won 1-0 in the first and second leg respectively. Male Heroes won 4-2 on penalties and advanced.