Kampala — The final of the 28th edition of the Kakungulu Cup, formerly Uganda Cup gets underway today.
The duel is between last year's finalists SC Villa and cup holders Express FC. Express won 3-1 then to clinch her 7th cup win at the ultra modern Mandela National Stadium.
Hassan Mubiru's double and Mathias Kawesa's opener helped Express set a record of seven cup wins compared to KCC and SC Villa's six cups.
The two teams are meeting for the fourth cup final-- after 1988, 1989 and 2001. Last year Express beat SC Villa in the finals but lost to SC Villa in the first two meetings.
This is not to say Express have been an easy prey for Villa. On two occasions, Express halted SC Villa. In 1991 after a 1-1 draw, Express won 3-1 on penalties to reach the third round, and in 1994, Express beat SC Villa 2-0 to reach the final in which they edged KCC 4-2 on penalties.
The competition's history;
The Sportsman Kakungulu Cup (Uganda Cup) started in 1971 purposely to increase the number of local competitions. Coffee beat Simba 2-1 in the first final.
Between 1972-1975, the Uganda Cup died a natural death. But when CAF introduced the Africa Cup Winners Cup in 1975, the Uganda Cup was re-introduced to determine Uganda's representatives on the continent.
In 1976, Gangama of Mbale became the first and only upcountry club to win the Cup. They forced a 0-0 draw against mighty Coffee and eventually won 4-2 on spot-kicks.
The 1977 final would have featured Nytil FC and Simba FC but Simba, eager to represent the country, forced the organisers to change the dates and Nytil learnt of the changes via a radio-announcement and hence failed to show-up.
The 1978 final pitted 'old Timers' Nsambya against UCB.
After Simba won the league, they did not register for the Uganda Cup so their players were free to play for any other clubs.
Most Simba players joined Fans International FC while others were hired by Nsambya.
Nsambya beat UCB 1-0 with a spectacular header by Godfrey Kisitu.
In 1979, league champions UCB did not show up to face KCC, citing injuries in their camp.
KCC beat Maroon 2-0 in the explosive 1980 final.
Coffee reached its third final in 1981, winning one of the most thrilling matches 1-0 against UCB.
In 1982, tempers flared as KCC led Nile 1-0 with 15 minutes to go. John Latigo exchanged blows with Musoke of Nile and when the referee brandished a yellow instead of a red card for Latigo, Nile abandoned the match. The organisers declared KCC the winners.
KCC and Villa met for the first time in a final in 1983. KCC who had won the league a week earlier, lost 0-1 handing Villa its first cup.
In the 1984 final at Bugembe, KCC beat Coffee 3-2 to win its 4th cup.
After spending sometime in the doldrums, Express reached the 1985 final and for the first time met KCC. The dazzling City Lads won 3-1.
The 1986 final was a battle between Villa and Tobacco of Jinja, the Jogoos won 2-0 to became the first Ugandan side to win a double.
In 1987, Villa was determined to repeat the double but KCC licked the Jogoos 1-0 to clinch a 5th title.
As earlier mentioned, Villa beat Express in the 1988 and '89 finals, 3-1 and 4-2 respectively.
KCC beat Villa 3-0 in the 1990 final, the heaviest defeat SC Villa has ever suffered at the hands of KCC.
The 1991 final was a showdown between Express and Nile, won 4-1 by the Red Eagles.
In 1992, it was Express Vs Nile again, this time Express won 1-0. The Red Eagles set the record--taking the cup without conceding a goal.
In 1993, KCC won its seventh title by beating Dairy 2-1. In 1994, Express beat KCC 4-2 in a penalty shoot-out after a goaless draw.
In 1995, Express found Posta FC a hard nut to crack but won 2-0 in extra time, completing a double for the first time.
In 1996, Umeme licked Nile FC 1-0. In 1997, Express whipped Umeme 4-1.
In 1998, SC Villa grabbed their fourth double beating Simba 2-0 and the following year, Mbale Heroes (Gangama) returned forcing a 2-1 against Lyantonde.
In 2000, SC Villa registered another double after beating Military 1-0. Last year, Express stopped SC Villa to bag a sixth double with a 3-1 victory.
In today's clash, SC Villa will be looking for a sixth double and also try to equal Express' 7th cup record win while Express will be looking for the 8th cup.
Bell dump the
By Charles Odoi
The Uganda Open might not be held for a second year in a row after talks between the Uganda Tennis Association (UTA) and Uganda Breweries flag brand Bell over sponsoring fell through.
UTA General Secretary Fred Luzinda told The Monitor yesterday that there are still possibilities that the Uganda Open will be held, but with different sponsors.
"The Open usually marks the closure of the tennis calendar and we want to continue with that. We approached Bell first because they have been sponsors of the tournament for four years and we wanted to give them a chance to continue. However due to a full calendar I think they were not able to sponsor the tourney...," Luzinda said.
Bell pulled out last year after sponsoring the Open for five years due to problems the former UTA administration were facing. The new administration elected this year immediately began negotiating with UBL to resume sponsoring the tourney.
Nearly a month ago UTA met with the Bell Marketing brand manager Gorreti Massadde and held talks, which were said to be positive. One member said the deal would be finalised the following day.
Last Monday, Massadde told UTA that it was not possible for Bell to sponsor this year's tournament, but that it would consider next year. Bell however said they would give less than the Shs. 13m UTA had requested.
A UTA member said Bell would inject only Shs 6m, which he said was a "far cry from the Shs 29m Bell injected two years ago."