Bright Stars FC qualified for the finals of the 2019 Stanbic Uganda Cup after they eliminated Express 3-2 on penalties at the Betway Muteesa II Stadium Wankuluku on Thursday.
The two sides played to a one-all stalemate to force the game into penalties, they had also played to a 1-1 draw in the first leg in Mwererwe, tying the aggregate 2-2.
John Revita scored for Express earlier in the third minute of the game before James Angu made it 1-1 in the 77th in a game both sets of fans.
Express came for the game with the advantage of the away goal and they seemed to utilize home advantage but that lapsed in the later stages of the game and eventually conceded.
Express scored after just three minutes, John Revita scored a spectacular free kick after a foul on Disan Galiwango.
Revita’s freekick was moved by the wind, leaving Bright Stars custodian Hamuza Muwonge helpless and beaten as it found the back of the net.
Both sides missed several chances in the later stages of the game as Express had enough vigor to avoid conceding.
However, ten minutes to full time, Angu leveled the tie for Bright Stars, he rose high to nod the ball in the left corner of the goal.
Express custodian Tony Kyamera got injured in process and was stretched off due to catastrophic landing and was replaced by Ronald Mutebi.
When penalties started, Disan Galiwango, and John Revita were the only ones who managed to score for Express while Michael Birungi, Davis Mayanja and Sadiq Ssekyembe failed to convert theirs.
Bright Stars’ Farouk Katongole, Rajab Kakooza, Nelson Ssenkatuka were all on target to send the Kawempe based side to the finals, it was only Enock Walusimbi and James Angu who failed to convert for Bright Stars.
This is the first time ever in history for Bright Stars to reach Uganda Cup finals just like their opponent Proline FC.
The two will lock horns on May 25th at Masaka Recreation Grounds, Proline knocked Kyetume out to reach finals. The winner will qualify to represent Uganda at the 2019/2020 Total CAF Confederations Cup.