Police FC Coach Abdullah Mubiru has said that the future is very bright for football in the West Nile region.
Mutebi was speaking after his club’s 4-3 penalty shootout victory over Calvary FC in the Stanbic Uganda Cup on Wednesday to reach the round of 16.
The game played at Midigo ground in Yumbe district had ended goalless after normal time.
After the game, Mubiru was all praise for his opponents and the region at large:
The future for football in this region is bright according to what I have seen. You could hardly tell that the game was between a lower division team and Super League side until the shootouts.”
It should be noted that Calvary FC plays in the West Nile region league, the third tier of Ugandan football.
It should be noted that Football in West Nile has been on enormous growth in the last five years. The region has two clubs in the top flight – Onduparaka FC and Paidha Black Angels.
It should be remembered that West Nile came second last year in the Inter province championship that featured 16 teams from the country, FUFA Drum. The side lost to Buganda 2-1 on aggregate in the finals.
The display was fantastic, the boys in this region very talented, they are well disciplined, and the involvement was good. This was a good game and am sure that the fans enjoyed.”
Calvary FC are top of the Nile group with 13 points from five games. They are still unbeaten with four wins and a draw. West Nile region Football Associated has two groups, that is Nyagak and Nile group.
Mutebi Wants Uganda Cup Title
Mutebi is confident that Police FC can win the Uganda Cup this year. However, it should be noted that the best Police has ever achieved in the Uganda Cup is a runners up spot when they lost 3-1 to Express FC in 2002-3 season.
The coach narrated:
I feel proud of my players for doing a good job, it has never been busy playing away, and we were playing a hard team. I’m happy that they managed to show endurance. We didn’t win in normal time but we achieved our goal which was to qualify.
We don’t play to participate, our target is winning every game, all the 16 teams have equal opportunities. We want to win it because it is our main target.”
It should be noted that Police FC outsed Boma FC 5-0 in Lugogo at round of 64. The victory against Calvary FC takes the club to the last 16, a feat that clubs like SC Villa have failed to achieve this season.
Last season, Police FC didn’t go past the round of 32, bowing to eventual finalists SC Vipers 3-1. The Cops took the lead through Norman Ojik but Milton Karisa, Erisa Ssekisambu and Daniel ‘Mzee’ Sserunkuma scored for the venoms to dump Mubiru’s charges.