Joy as Kabale Sharp FC storms Azam big league

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Ntungamo Municipality Mayor Jacob Kafureka hands over the trophy to Sharp FC after winning the Western region league play off final at Ntungamo grounds on Wednesday

Sharp FC from Kabale district, has qualified to represent Western Region in next season’s FUFA Big League-the 2nd tier League from which teams storm the top flight-Azam Uganda Premier League.

The youthful side from South Western Uganda district registered a 2-1 win over regional league debutants Rushere FC from Kiruhura district in a tense final played on Wednesday at Kyamate grounds in Ntungamo Municipality.

Rushere FC XI that played against Sharp FC in the Western Region Final

A 47th minute strike by Cleophus Fiat put Sharp ahead before Ismail Luyombya leveled the scores on 67 minutes from a penalty.

However, Jonhson Tumuramye restored Sharp’s lead six minutes from time, after heading home from a corner kick.

Wild celebrations were all-over the travelling Kabale supporters end as their Kiruhura counterparts remained wondering what had happened at the final whistle.

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Ntungamo Municipality Mayor Jacob Kafureka hands over the trophy to Sharp FC after winning the Western region league play off final at Ntungamo grounds on Wednesday

Rushere coach Noah Mugerwa, who had to take some minutes consoling his crestfallen players, said they had realized the mistakes at the end of the game that they will have to come back strongly next season.

Rushere FC which was playing in their maiden Regional league after gaining promotion from the Division I last year had established themselves as favourites to gain promotion, especially when they played and finished top of the Ankole group.

They went up against Rukungiri United in the semifinal playoffs whom they defeated 3-1 before facing Sharp FC, who had eliminated fancied Mbarara FC 1-0 in the other semifinal.

Sharp FC will be the second side from Kabale to play at the second most prestigious local league tier, after Creamland that qualified in the 2012/2013 season but never completed. .

Ntungamo Municipality Mayor Jacob Kafureka, who presided over the final, cautioned the players against love for money that will make them forget about their talents.

MAIN PHOTO: New kids on the block Sharp FC in the FUFA Big League 2017/2018 season. This was the starting XI of Sharp FC against Rushere FC in teh Western region final played on Wednesday afternoon.  Sharp FC won 2-1.