By Dennis Ssembatya L. Jr
The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (Fufa’s) referees’ arm has handed (Dr) Ali Sabilla, the mandate to officiate the Stanbic Uganda Cup final tie, pitting Proline FC and Bright Stars.
Sabilla, will have Mark Sonko and Issa Masembe assisting him, when the 2018/19 Big League title winners- Proline face StarTimes Uganda Premier mediocre side – Bright Stars battle for the country’s second prestigious title at the Masaka recreation grounds on Saturday.
William Oloya will be the standby official as Amin Bbosa plays the role of referee assessor.
The journey to Saturday’s final battle, starts this Wednesday, with expected verbal utterances from the technical teams of both clubs, when coaches – Shafiq Bisaso and Fred Kajoba come face to face during a Fufa organised pre-match press conference at Mengo.
It is the first time that both Proline and Bright Stars have reached the final of this competition, where the Lugogo side eliminated fellow Big League side Kyetume FC 4-3 on post match penalties, following a 3-3 aggregate after the return leg fixture. Bright Stars on their side brushed off Express FC 3-2 on penalties at the Mutesa II Stadium – Wankulukuku, after a 2- 2 aggregate in the final meeting of the semi-final encounter.
This edition’s competition has seen an increment in prize money for the participating teams as well as exciting rewards for the fans, courtesy of sponsors – Stanbic.
The winning team in Saturday’s final will smile away with ugx40m, as the losing finalists take ugx20m, less. All semi-finalists are assured of ugx10m, each, while quarter-finalists ugx5m to pocket as each of the qualifies for the round of 16 grab a ugx2.5m pay-cheque.
This annual competition is open for non league teams, as well as registered clubs playing in all the five football divisions of Fufa.
The competition was first staged in 1971, as a replacement of the Kabaka’s Cup (not the current Buganda version), which had been inaugurated in 1925 and later renamed Luwangula Cup. Between 1992 and 2010 the Uganda Cup was known as the Kakungulu Cup in honour of a former Uganda’s FA vice president, prince Badru Kakungulu.
1971 Coffee SC 2-1 Army
1972-1975 competition suspended ‘due to rough-play’
1976 Gangama United 0-0 Coffee SC (4-2 pen)
1977 Simba w/o Nytil FC
1978 Nsambya 1-0 UCB
1979 KCC w/o UCB
1980 KCC 2-0 Maroons
1981 Coffee SC 1-1 UCB (5-4 pen)
1982 KCC Nile (Nile walked off in 75′ at 1-0; KCC winners)
1983 SC Villa 1-0 KCC
1984 KCC 3-2 Coffee SC
1985 Express 3-1 KCC
1986 SC Villa 2-0 Tobacco
1987 KCC 1-0 SC Villa
1988 SC Villa 3-1 Express
1989 SC Villa 4-2 Express
1990 KCC 3-0 SC Villa (The first game to officially attract Military police/teargas in stadia)
1991 Express 4-1 Nile
1992 Express 1-0 Nile
1993 KCC 2-1 Dairy Heroes
1994 Express 0-0 KCC (4-3 pen)
1995 Express 2-0 Posta (aet)
1996 UEB 1-0 Nile
1997 Express 4-1 UEB
1998 Villa 2-0 Simba
1999 Dairy Heroes 0-0 Lyantonde FC (3-0 pen)
2000 Villa 1-0 Military Police
2001 Express 3-1 Villa
2002 Villa 2-1 Express
2003 Express 3-1 Police
2004 KCC 1-1 Express (aet, 3-2 pen)
2005 URA 2-1 KCC
2006 Express 2-0 Maji
2007 Express 0-0 KCC (aet, 4-2 pen)
2008 Victors 1-0 Kinyara
2009 Villa 2-1 URA
2010 Victors 1-1 Simba (aet, 5-4 pen)
2011 Simba 2-1 URA
2012 URA 1-0 Bunamwaya
2013 SCVU 1-1 Vipers (aet, 5-3 pen)
2014 URA 2-2 KCCA (aet, 4-2 pen)
2015 Villa 3-0 KCCA (Replayed Namboole after Referee Robert Donney had dominated the abandoned final)
2016 Vipers 3-1 Ondurapaka
2017 KCCA 2-0 Paidha Black Angels
2018 KCCA 1-0 Vipers
2019 Proline v Bright Stars ???