UFL: YMCA, Bugema through to last eight

By Brian Aheebwa

YMCA beat Nkumba University 1-0 in the Pepsi University Football League on Wednesday to finish as group A leaders with 12 points.

YMCA’s crop of talented youngsters pinned Nkumba University back during an utterly dormant opening 30minutes with Ramathan Ahmed scoring an own goal to hand YMCA the priceless lead.

Both sets of players came for the tie knowing it’s a ‘do or die affair’, only one team heeded that advice and it was the hosts.

YMCA have reached the quarter finals for the second consecutive season out of the three season they’ve been part of the University League.

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Dejected: A player from Nkumba University was left disappointed after his side failed to secure the quarterfinal slot / UFL Image

“I’m extremely happy that we’ve qualified for the second time in three years,” YMCA coach Duncan Bwabye told www.football-256.com before adding.

“Having spent two weeks in camp, all my players were in good shape and had a great approach to the game knowing it was a do or die affair.”

YMCA winger Ronald Lutabi nearly added the second but his lower strike bounced off the post. Nkumba looked short on confidence and quality in the final third as they failed to test Mark Esau with any meaningful attempt. With just one of those hitting the target.

“We looked low on confidence today and Ahmed scored an own goal meaning we were eliminated at our cost, I’m equally disappointed as my players,” Nkumba coach Patrick Sebuliba said after the game.

Bugema University beat Bishop Stuart University 3-0 in the other group A game to finish as runners up on 11 points.

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