By Allan Damba
The eight teams in the quarter-finals of the 2021 Stanbic Uganda Cup have won 31 trophies, but 29 of those lie with Express FC, KCCA FC and SC Villa.
Express and city rivals KCCA are record-holders on 10-titles apiece whereas, Nsambya outfit Villa comes closely behind with nine of their own.
Despite over a decade of massive investment, Vipers SC only has one winners medal earned in 2016, just as Proline FC, the defending champions winning the trophy in 2019.
Wakiso Giants has heavily invested in the past two or so years, but nothing is yet to show for it. However, they have started picking convincing results lately, both in this competition and the Premier League.
Police FC are yet to triumph in the cup but have shown what a threat they are in attack with the inspiration of in-form talisman Ben Ocen.
What a tournament it’s turning out to be! Who needs it more?
Express showed their might after evicting the tax collectors URA SC via a narrow 2-1 aggregate.
They can go past KCCA to extend to 11 cups. Head coach Wasswa Bbosa has already expressed he is ready for whichever opponent the draw throws up against them.
Kitende outfit Vipers edged past army side UPDF by a 4-2 margin over two legs. Head coach Fred Kajoba has a large squad with quality all over the park.
After underwhelming in the CAF Champions League early in the season, anything short of a domestic double will be a disappointing campaign for the Venoms.
Capital city side KCCA trumped Maroons 5-0 in the two legs to proceed to the last eight.
Whereas his side has underperformed in the Uganda Premier League with 10 points off the top, Morley Byekwaso has openly made the world aware this is his chance for glory this season. He surely can’t afford a slip.
Wakiso Giants ran riot over Big league side Tooro United to advance. Head coach Douglas Bamweyana has blown cold for the better part of the season, but he will aim for redemption – a first major trophy for the Purple Sharks?
Police lost 1-0 to Bright Stars in the second leg on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, but they had killed the tie with a 4-1 rout in the first leg.
Head coach Abdallah Mubiru started the season with ambitions of competing for silverware, and his entertaining side will, by all means, give it a go.
Villa were 1-0 narrow winners over Onduparaka. Edward Kaziba’s side is far from convincing this season.
They, however, see the Uganda cup as not only a way of redeeming a poor season but also a chance of equalling arch-rivals Express and KCCA’s 10 cups.
Defending champions Proline FC comfortably progressed courtesy of a 3-1 advantage over Mbale Heroes.
Despite trading in the Big League, they pretty much fancy their chances against the top division sides. They have to fight off any pursuers for a trophy they currently have in their trophy cabinet.
A second leg between Bul FC and Kigezi Homeboys awaits on Saturday, May 8, 2021, even though the former hold a 2-1 advantage.
Even though the quarterfinal draws are yet to be determined, the rest of the tournament promises mouthwatering encounters.