KCC v URA (Saturday, Mbale Municipal Stadium) 4pm
On Saturday, Mbale Municipal stadium will host this year’s Uganda Cup final between KCC and URA.
Pual Nkata’s URA has camped in Mbale since Wednesday while the league defending champions travelled on Friday to the Eastern Uganda town.
The state of the Mbale pitch is not good; similar to that of Gulu’s Pece Stadium which hosted the 2012 final when URA defeated Bunnamwaya
KCC winger Steven Bengo has been ruled out of the 2014 final because he has accumulated two cautions.
Article 20 of the regulations reads as, “A player, who earns two bookings in a mini league, mixed-format and knock-out competitions shall automatically become an ineligible player for the next physically played match.”
Bengo picked a yellow card against Friends of Soccer in the round of 32 and another against Victoria University in the semi-final.
KCC coach George Nsimbe hoping to lead the club to its first double will also miss the services of forward pairing Tony Odur and Herman Wasswa (both injuried) while goalkeeper Jamal Salim has signed a 4 year contract at Sudan’s El Merriekh.
Youngsters Derrick Nsibambi, William Wadri, Gaddafi Kiwanuka and experienced shot-stopper Nicholas Sebwato will be called on to start by Nsimbe.
The Lugogo side practiced spot kicks this week as a way of preparing his players should circumstances demand that the Uganda Cup winner for 2014 be decided from the 12 yard distance on Saturday.
For the Lugazi based tax collectors, striker Emmanuel Ngaama (injury) and midfielder Owen Kasule are the only players going to miss the final while former KCC FC striker Robert Ssentongo and Feni Moses Ali will go for goals against Nsimbe’s men.
KCC (8 trophies) are making their 14th appearance in the finals a record they hold with Express FC while this will be URA FC’s 5th final (2 trophies).
URA will use all white attire while KCC have yellow tops, blue shots with blue/yellow socks.
Brian Nsubuga will officiate the final match. He will be assisted by Samuel Kayondo, Kalifan Kanakulya and Rajab Bogere.
The Uganda Cup winner will pocket sh7m while the runners up will take sh2m.
KCC:Nicolas Sebwato (GK), Sakka Mpiima, Ayub Kiiza, Fahad Kawooya (c), Habib Kavuma, Hakim Senkumba, Gaddafi Kiwanuka, Tom Masiko, William Wadri, Herman Wasswa and Brian Majwega.
URA: Brian Bwete (GK), Simeon Masaba (c), Musa Docca, Sam Senkoomi, Allan Munaaba , Oscar Agaba, Feni Moses Ali, Said Kyeyune, Robert Ssentongo, Erisha Sekisambu and James Kasibante.