FUFA DRUM PREVIEW: West Nile Province Host Lango Province In First Leg Final
West Nile Province and Lango Province battle it out for the third edition of the inaugural FUFA Drum football competition title on Saturday afternoon in Arua City.
The 2022/2023 FUFA DRUM finals will be played on home and away basis and the first leg of the mouth-watering showpiece is scheduled to be played on Saturday 07/01/2023 at AbaBet Greenlight stadium in Arua City. Kickoff is at 15hr00 local time.
Only two provinces are now left in this competition which started with 16 provinces in the round of 16 stages.
This will be the first time ever for the two provinces to meet in the finals of the FUFA Drum tournament.
However it will be the second meeting between both sides with the first coming in the second edition in 2019 in the quarter final with West Nile Province winning 3-1 at the Akiibua stadium courtesy of goals from Fred Amaku, Rashid Agau and Tabu Vitalis. Fahad Badiro scored a consolation for Lango Province.
It will also be the second time for the White Rhinos to be playing in the finals of the tournament having lost 2-1 on aggregates to Buganda Province in the finals of the 2018 edition of the inaugural FUFA Drum football competition.
Meanwhile for Lango Province it will be their first time ever to appear in the finals of the inaugural FUFA Drum football competition.
Meet the finalists and their journey to the 2023 inaugural FUFA Drum football competition finals.
West Nile Province have had what appears to be an easy road to the FUFA Drum as they remained the only unbeaten Province this campaign and have been ruthless on the road to their second final.
They started their campaign with a 6-0 aggregate win over Karamoja Province in the round 16 beating them 5-0 at home in Greenlight stadium and 1-0 away win at Naitakwae Sports Complex in Moroto in the round 16 of the tournament.
The White Rhinos then hammered Kampala Province 6-0 on aggregate in the quarter-finals recording a 4-0 win at home and a 2-0 win away before posting a 2-1 aggregate win over rivals Acholi Province as they defeated them 1-0 at home in Greenlight stadium and played a 1-1 draw away at Pece stadium in Gulu in the semi-finals.
It was the first time for them to concede a goal in this tournament this season where they have scored 14 goals in six games.
That could be a huge concern for Lango Province who begun their campaign with a 1-0 aggregate win over Ankole Province as they played to goalless draw at home and recorded a 1-0 win away.
Daniel Ogwal Ogwedo’s guns then recorded a 3-1 aggregate win over Bugisu Province in the quarter-finals as they lost 1-0 away and defeated them 3-0 at home in AkiBua stadium in Lira City.
To reach the finals, the edged out Tooro Province 3-2 on aggregate having played a 2-2 draw away and recording a 1-0 win at home.