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Onduparaka roar to set up Cup final with Vipers

Uganda Cup semifinal results
Vipers 0-1 KCCA
(Vipers won 2-1 on aggregate)

Onduparaka 4-0 Entebbe
(Onduparaka won 5-0 on aggregate)

Saturday, June 18, 2016
Uganda Cup final at Nakivubo
Vipers vs. Onduparaka

Newly-promoted Uganda Premier League (UPL) side, Onduparaka, continued their fairytale season by romping to the final of the Uganda Cup following a 4-0 thrashing of Big League outfit, Entebbe, at Green Light Stadium in Arua.

The Northern Uganda club progressed with an emphatic aggregate of 5-0 to set up a final date with Vipers, who lost 1-0 to KCCA on the day but qualified to the last two 2-1 on the cumulative.

Vipers had come into the return leg with a healthy 2-0 cushion over KCCA while Entebbe travelled to Arua with some hope following a 1-0 initial defeat to Onduparaka early in the week.

Vipers and Onduparaka face off in the final at Nakivubo War Memorial Stadium on Saturday, June 18, with the winners representing Uganda in the Caf Confederations Cup.

In Buikwe, all Vipers had to do was avoid a two-goal margin defeat and they were through to the final.

KCCA did their best to retrieve the tie, Derrick Nsibambi giving them the lead 15 minutes from time.

The striker controlled a long pass from left-back Habib Kavuma before beating the on-rushing
Ismail Watenga to finish.

It was a nervy end, with KCCA pushing for the second goal that would have sent the game into spot-kicks.

However, coach Geroge Nsimbe’s men held on to see out the match and retain hopes of winning silverware this season.

But it is in Arua where goals rained.  Muhammad Shaban continued his goal-scoring form with a brace against Entebbe, bringing his tally to seven goals, a tournament high.

Onduparaka were hardly contented, Gadaffi Gadino and Rashid Agau also getting onto the scoresheet for the hosts to complete a 5-0 aggregate romp.

A final against KCCA would have guaranteed Onduparaka a historical berth on the continent since the former are league champions and cannot represent both in Caf Champions League and Confederations Cup.

Now Onduparaka, who eliminated hitherto defending champions SC Villa and Soana, will have to beat Vipers in the final to make it to the continent.

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