Thursday, February 31
Kabowa United 3-0 Yap Stars
Crown 5-3 Luzira Thunders
Yeah Kabowa 5-1 Aidenal
Equator 2-3 Typhoon
Park 0-2 Dream
Mengo City (1)1-(1)2 Elephants
Sona 1-2 Nomad
Parakeets (2)3-(2)4 Bajim
There was late drama, to say the least, as Sona Sports Home, a luxurious Football team that brings together Journalists and fans, failed to skip the first hurdle, despite a spirited fight.
Sona lost 2-1 to league giants Nomad in a Futsal Uganda Cup round of 16 tie played at the Futsal International Courts in Mengo.
The game that lived to the billing, had Sona give Nomad a hard run for their money before the latter squeezed through by the skin of their teeth.
Henry ‘Thierry’ Musabe had a brilliant chance when he rounded off the Keeper but was caught up in a moment, Lubega (Post Media Limited) and Ahmed Wahab both fired wide and far with the goal at their mercy as Sona asked questions.
Sona’s resurgence paid off when Lubega scored from point blank range after an exchange with late substitute Joel Muyita (ChimpSports) to cancel out Kaire Abdirashid Ismail’s opener for Nomad.
Lubega’s goal was greeted by Sona fans led by Club sponsor Akaboozi Ku Bbiri 87.9 FM Presenter Ivan Kalanzi who ran wild onto the field of play issuing out cash in celebration.
However, more drama was yet to come.
Nomad FC who fielded a weak team – the side had made almost overhaul changes including giving their first choice keeper an advance role – were made to dig deep.
Goalkeeper Raymond Ssekandi, Sona’s best player on the night was called into action on various occasions and managed to deny Nomad as his best skills in one on one situations kept the game alive despite lacking enough protection from his back line which was led by Pius Sserugo (Next Media – Sanyuka TV).
Abdinasir Ali Ahmed fired home to break Sona’s resistance, and celebrated the achievement while putting his finger on the lips, silencing the vocal traveling Sona fans. The roof was broken by the home fans (Somali Community) who sang provoking booing rhymes and clapped out loud.
The referee brought an end to a scintillating affair, but his final whistle started its own battle when Sona Fans, Player and technical bench attacked him in an act to address their discontent against the officiating decisions which were mainly highlighted by waving on when forward Joel Muyita was brutally brought down in the forbidden area.
However, Futsal Association officials including Elvis Ssekate and Ram Hadji managed to bring the situation back to normal.
Nomad, fifth on the league log, stormed through to the Quarters where they will face Bajim FC.
The biggest upset of the round saw Crown FC eliminate Luzira Thunders (non league) in an eight goal thriller. Luzira who defeated Yeak Kabowa in last year’s finals, lost 5-3 on a night they will want to forget easily.