Bugamba FC was among several teams that anxiously waited for the results of the draw for the round of 32 in the Stanbic Uganda cup at FUFA House on Monday morning.
The Western region league outfit, was among the few upcountry teams that pulled off shocks in the elimination round of 64 a couple of weeks ago, when they stunned top flight side Onduparaka FC with a 1-0 home win at Kabatangare grounds in Bugamba village in the newly created Rwampara district.
With this result over Onduparaka FC, they have deservedly been nicknamed ‘Giant Killers’ by their fans.
Surprisingly, Bugamba FC lies 6th in the 7 team league on the table of Western regional league sub-group of Kigezi, but that did not deter them from putting up a spirited show against fancied Onduparaka FC.
Team coach Salim Twaha seemed a relaxed man before the draws on Monday.
‘We are a small and poor team. We have nothing to show but determination. We shall meet any side whether KCCA FC or SC Villa, but when they give us a home draw, we shall pull yet another surprise because we have never lost at home’ said Salim.
Bugamba FC will now have to travel several miles for a trip to North East to play Light SS in Soroti.
Bugamba were joined by other lowly sides like Kajansi FC that eliminated favorites and current Star Times Uganda Premier League table leaders Vipers SC, whose elimination culminated into immediate sacking of head coach Edward Golora.
Kajansi United will have to face another strong team- Sc Villa in the round of 32.
Bugamba’s home ground Kabatangare, is 51km away from the Ankole’s traditional stadium Kakyeka and Mbarara City centre, along Mbarara Kabale road, with a natural pavilion created by a hill that overlooks the green grounds that provides the beautiful scenery.
The squad of minors, with a secondary school teacher
Bugamba FC does not have a big name players at least in the entire region of Ankole and Western region as a whole.
Instead the players are a collection of able bodied boys and men, majorly former students of Bugamba SS, including a teacher of English/Literature at the same school Mr. Martin Atwine, who plays in the midfield.
The rest were brought into the team from other villages like Masheruka in Sheema and Mbarara apart from their central defender Paul Opio, who is one of the two players outside Ankole, him with Ronald Ojega.
Bugamba’s thin Squad
The club relies on handouts from well-wishers, to travel for matches in the regional league and whenever nothing is given out, they don’t honor their away matches, and they have been docked three points and three goals for not honoring two previous games in the league.
Due to financial constraints, the club has only 18 players of whom, 10 are based in Bugamba with the rest coming from Mbarara, thereby making their trainings sometimes not fully attended because of travel expenses to some players.
Mathias Musika-Is the first choice goalkeeper, who finished S.6 at Bugamba SS two years ago.
Brian Nabaasa-The right full back, recruited from village football in Masheruka in Sheema district.
Kato Hussein Ntare-He is the left full back and a born of Nyamitanga Mbarara but a graduate of Mbarara Sports Academy (MSA).
Paul Opio-He is one of the none-Ankole born players. He is the club’s defence kingpin.
Mwije Bless-He is the centre half and was also recruited from village football in Kabwohe, in Sheema district.
Kayima Juma-He finished S.6 at Sentah College Mbarara two years ago. He is also a graduate of MSA and plays in the holding midfield role.
Ojega Ronald-He is from Iganga, but has been in Mbarara for years, he is a former player and student of Sentah College.
Simon Kanyike-From Kakoba Mbarara, signed from Mbarara FC.
Fred Nayebare-He was also recruited from village football in Masheruka, Sheema district.
Martin Atwine-He is a secondary school teacher at Bugamba SS and teaches English/Literature. He only plays football as a passion.
Reagan Bamwesigye-He is the one that scored the winner against Onduparaka in the 84th minute. He is a born of Bugamba and finished S.6 at Bugamba SS 2 years ago.
Muhammud Kiyemba-He is the most senior player and goal keeper, signed from another regional side Tiles and Terrazo.
Melchizadet Atukwatsibwe-He is also born in Bugamba village.
Davis Kiiza-Also a born of Bugamba and went through Bugamba SS and finished S.6 two years ago.
Joshua Mugumya-Also born in Bugamba and the youngest at 19, who finished S.6 last year at Bugamba SS.
Said Ssonko-Also signed from village football in Masheruka, Sheema district.
Shalif Tumusiime-From Kakoba, Mbarara, signed from Kakoba FC