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UFL final pits Nkumba against UCU

L-R: Joseph Muyiira, the Sports Tutor of Nkumba University, John Kennedy Ssewankambo, Captain of Nkumba University, Geoffrey Gagganga, striker UCU and Jimmy Kintu

L-R: Joseph Muyiira, the Sports Tutor of Nkumba University, John Kennedy Ssewankambo, Captain of Nkumba University, Geoffrey Gagganga, striker UCU and Jimmy Kintu

Nkumba University and Uganda Christian University (UCU) meet in the Eleventh edition of the Pepsi University Football League final this afternoon at the MTN Omondi stadium.

It will be the first time the two teams meet at this stage, and history beckons for them. Nkumba is seeking its first title while UCU are targeting a second. However, the pre-match press conference for the two teams, held on Thursday, April 18, was a showcase of the respect the stars of the two teams have for each other before the game.
 
UCU's star striker Geoffrey Gagganga said that watching his opponent, John Kennedy Ssewankambo marshalling the Nkumba midfield in this season's tournament has left him with admiration. 
 
"No doubt we shall find it hard going past Nkumba because of their captain, Ssewankambo. He is such a good player, that drives his team. But at the same time, he is the reason Nkumba are tough to break down. He works hard both defensively and offensively," Gagganga said.
 
In turn, Ssewankambo, who was humbled by the praise he received from Gagganga returned the favour in his remarks. He said: "The ability that Gagganga has to score goals, is definitely the reason he is a big threat. But he is more than just about goals. He is able to pick the ball from midfield which makes him hard to mark and stop."
 
Essentially, according to Ssewankambo, his opponent Gagganga is rather unpredictable in his movements. That makes him quite dynamic. 
That said, a lot has been said about the final between Nkumba and UCU. Yet, if the thoughts of Gagganga and Ssewankambo are anything to go by, this game should be an exciting encounter.
 
There are a number of other subplots to look forward to, that are expected to bring the best out of the two teams. For example, Gagganga is the tournament's second top-scorer with 6 goals. He is hoping that the final turns out well, as he chases the golden boot and the Most Valuable Player award.
 
While Gagganga is not oblivious to the fact that it will be a big test for him, to upstage Uganda Martyrs University's Akbal Ssentongo, who scored 9 goals before his team were knocked out, he will nonetheless give it a shot.
 
Gagganga needs to score four goals in the final to do that. But according to his coach Jimmy Kintu, their main focus is making sure they secure a second title before individual accolades. 
 
Speaking of accolades, Kampala University won the bronze medal in the third/fourth place playoff on Friday, April 19 at Kavumba Recreation Ground, following a 2-1 victory over Makerere University Business School.
 
Similarly, the thinking of Nkumba will be on winning the championship. Joseph Muyiira, the Nkumba sports tutor said that they could not be more motivated than they are right now.
 
For the third time in the tournament's history, Nkumba makes the final. Their hope is that since they have never won the title, this time, they can get the monkey off their back, finally!
 
 

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