Uganda Martyrs University (UMU) has not won the Pepsi University League title since its first in 2017, five years ago.
They however advanced for their second straight semi-final, and their third in four years, when they edged Bugema University 3-2 on aggregate.
Head coach Eric Kisuze is optimistic about going all the way this in this edition: “We are ready to beat whoever comes our way.”
“It was not an easy game for us against a stubborn opponent Bugema, but the boys kept fighting till the last minute.”
“We have always prepared our players well for every game and no matter how hard it gets positive results are always our ultimate goal,” he added.
Sunny Kaija placed the home side ahead in the first half before Swalifidin Ssebale levelled matters with only 15 minutes left on the clock.
The moment of truth came late in the 89th minute as Joseph Kayondo thumped home a stunning freekick to ensure the hosts won 2-1 on the evening, and 3-2 on aggregate.
UMU’s captain Masudi Kafumbe was in full agreement with his coach, noting how tough the game was but due to endurance, they emerged victors.
“It has been a tough game and everyone witnessed the fight and scuffle on the field of play.”
“But due to endurance, we kept going. Throughout the training, the coach has been emphasizing the need to hardly give up as well as keeping attentive in the last minutes,” he stated.
Uganda Martyrs join St. Lawrence University in the semifinals, who grabbed the first slot at the expense of Kampala University.
In the remaining fixtures, defending champions Uganda Christian University host Nkumba on Thursday after a barren draw in the first leg.
On the other hand, Makerere University Business School takes on neighbours Kyambogo University on Tuesday. The former edged the latter 2-1 in the first leg.