St.Julian shootout hosts Masaka SS as holders Kitende cruise past fans’ favourites Kimanya

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David GOMBE

The quarterfinals of the ongoing Uganda Secondary Schools Sports Association (USSSA) National Boys’ Football championship were played on Friday in Masaka at St. Henry’s college Kitovu and Masaka Recreational grounds.

Felix Ssekabuuza’s St Julian side became the first school to book a spot in the Semifinals after eliminating hosts Masaka SS.

The Mukono based school needed a 3-2 shootout win to overcome Masaka SS after both sides had played out to a goalless stalemate in normal time.

Simon Wanyama who has been one of the outstanding performers for St Julian along with Saviour Jakisa and Patrick Ssenkusu scored their penalties while Erisa Mukasa had his hit the crossbar.

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Masaka SS skipper Peter Matovu failed to convert his kick while St Julian custodian Tony Kantagararo saved one of the three missed penalties for the hosts.

In the other quarterfinal, holders and 11-time competition winners St Mary’s Kitende needed two first half goals from Issa Bugembe and captain Ronald Madoi to prevail 2-0 over fans darlings Blessed Sacrament Kimanya at a full to capacity Masaka Recreational ground.

Kitende under the stewardship of Daniel Male are searching for a record 12th title and four consecutive one, having won the previous three editions.

Jinja Progressive Academy thrashed Amus College 3-0 at St Henry’s college Kitovu playground in the other quarterfinal to reach the semis.

Amus reached the quarterfinal stage after winning a petition against Jinja Secondary School who had eliminated them at the round of 16.

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Jinja SS was disqualified for using an ineligible player Menya Ivan.

Bukedea Comprehensive School needed a 5-4 penalty shootout win to overcome Kisozi Seed School in the last quarterfinal at St. Henry’s college Kitovu playground. Both sides had played out to a goalless draw in normal time.

Bukedea join Kitende, JIPRA and St. Julian in the semis due on Saturday with the Final slated for Sunday, 5th May.

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