Copa Coca Cola Football Championship:
Friday, 17th May
PM: St Mary’s SS Kitende Vs Buddo SS
PM: Jinja SS Vs Standard High School, Zana
games at Kakindu Stadium, Jinja
Every team that has played against
Jinja Secondary School at the 2019 Copa Coca Cola football championship has had
a stern test to contain both the team and the noisy fans.
The only remaining home based school
takes on Wakiso region representatives Standard High Zana in the second
semi-final at the Kakindu Stadium in Jinja on Friday evening.
Bar the unquestionable quality of the
team with exceptional individual characters, the team also has a great
technical bench and above all, the supportive obvious home crowd.
First things first, Jinja SS, winners
of this championship in 2017 during the event held in Masaka has a good team
led by two Uganda U-17 players Edrine Opaala Mukisa and Isma Mugulusi.
Fresh from the AFCON U-17
championship in Tanzania with Uganda Cubs, these two diminutive players have
been the engine and fulcrum for the side that also has a robust goal scoring
ace, Lawrence Tezkiya.
Incidentally, Tezikya was also top
scorer at last year’s copa championship held in Mbarara.
These three players; Tezikya, Opaala
and Mugulusi define Jinja SS at a time their star midfielder Vincent Zziwa who
plays with Kirinya-Jinja SS in the Uganda Premier league is struggling to make
Enter, Standard High Zana. The Wakiso based school owned by FUFA first vice president Justus Mugisha never stops to shock many at such tournaments.
Over the years’ they have progressed
to the final stages of this tournament virtually unnoticed although they are
yet to win this prestigious trophy.
Standard High Zana has a poster boy
in SC Villa’s midfielder –cum- forward Abdallah Salim.
Abdallah is virtually the face of
Standard High Zana team. Whenever he sneezes, the rest of the teammates catch a
From the individual brilliance, leadership
and unquestionable work ethic, Abdallah has it all.
The rest of the players as Aaron
Okwii, Vincent Suuna and the gangly center backs supplement to the team’s glory
since at the end of the day football remains a team work sport that
Jinja SS has the experienced pair of
Hassan Zzungu and Abbey ‘Capello’ Kikomeko.
This duo is a known entity and
preacher of offensive football. Little wonder, they have managed to score in
all, apart from the goal-less quarter final clash against Bulo Parents.
Both Zzungu and Kikomeko will have to combine energies and ideas to come up with a bold winning strategy against a boggy Standard High School – Zana side.
At the helm of this Standard High School – Zana team are two former old student at the institutions, Jocakim Mukungu and Steven ‘Tanka’ Mubiru.
Mukungu who was a decent left back in his hey playing days works hand in hand with a former hard tackling midfielder Mubiru.
They have been able to compare notes
right from the grueling group stages, through from the round of 16 and quarter
final to the semi-final.
Therefore, the respective technical
bench with the better tactics on the evening will smile home with the victory
and a slot in the finals to face either St Mary’s SS Kitende or the defending
champions Buddo in Saturday’s finale.