Kitende, Kitovu storm USSSA final after shoot out victories

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Sinan Rajub SENOGA

The final of this year’s National Schools Championship in Fort Portal will be between St. Mary’s Boarding School Kitende and St. Henry College Kitovu.

Both teams have qualified to the final in the similar style after emerging winners of their respective semi finals through post match shoot outs.

Kitovu beat Royal Giants Mityana 6-5 following a 1-1 draw in normal time in the early kick off semi final.

Royal Giants drew first blood through their skipper Issa Bugembe who brilliantly volleyed a long kick from his goalkeeper and Soltilo Bright Stars teammate Shamuran Kamya in the five minute.

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Kitovu equalized through Godfrey Ssekibengo with a stunning strike moments into the second half.

The match headed for a shoot out and Kitovu won after Ssekibengo, Ronald Mutasiga, Paul Mulindwa, Reagan Ssekisambu and Collins Ocatre scored their kicks.

Royal Giants scored through Alex Opio, Yasin Owane, Annest Ankunda, Elvis Ssekajugo and Sudais Semakalu while Bugembe and Isaac Apenyu missed their’s.

The second semi final saw Kitende win 5-3 after a 1-1 draw against Amus College.

Kitende took an early lead through Uganda Hippos midfielder Frank Katongole in the first five minutes but Allan Oyirwoth equalized for Amus with a glancing header moments later.

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Kitende squandered a glorious chance to restore the lead towards the halftime break when Olimi Nyarwa missed a penalty following a handball in the area.

Kitende emerged winners after scoring all their five penalties through Derrick Kato, Habib Oloya, Ronald Madoi, Samuel Lukoya and SC Villa’s Hakim Mutebi.

Amus scored three through Toto Majid, Muzamir Abdul Razzak and Samuel Owalamu while Hafidhu Sonko’s was saved by the keeper.

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The sides (SMASK and SHACK) will renew acquaintances in the final scheduled tomorrow while Royal Giants and Amus College will face off in a classification game in the morning.

Kitende and Kitovu met in Group A and the Masaka based institution won the encounter 2-1 despite having a player less.

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