Kalisa’s double sends Bright Stars to the last eight of the Stanbic Uganda Cup

Bright Stars FC players celebrating Kalisa's Goal against URA FC in the Stanbic Uganda Cup

Stanbic Uganda Cup Round of 16

Monday 18th February 2019

URA FC 1-2 Bright Stars FC

Mandela Stadium Namboole

Bright Stars FC returned to winning ways in style with a 2-1 away victory that eliminated URA FC in the Stanbic Uganda Cup Round of 16 at the Mandela National Stadium Namboole on Monday evening.

New signing Jamil Kalisa’s double was enough to confirm the Stars in the last eight of the competition played on a knock ot basis. The slippery forward got the lead as early as the 18th minute with a close-range right foot shot into the right corner of the net.

Bright Stars FC forward Jamil Kalisa (R) in action during the match against URA FC in the Stanbic Uganda Cup
Bright Stars FC forward Jamil Kalisa (R) in action during the match against URA FC in the Stanbic Uganda Cup.

At the beginning of second half, Kalisa netted his second goal in same style as the opener after receiving a pass from Enzama Brian who released him into the box.

In due course of the game, Alfred Onek had a chance to make it three after taking on two defenders inside the area but his final effort was blocked for a corner by URA defender Muliki Hood in the 38th minute.

It seemed to be a hectic evening for the URA FC backline as the three Bright Stars FC forwards Jamil Kalisa, Nelson Senkatuka and Alfred Onek persistently launched dangerous counter attacks. Their combination in the 60th minute was exceptional, however Onek’s effort went over the bar.

Ten minutes later, Dan Brikwalira picked Senkatuka on the far post with an accurate cross from the right. Senkatuka’s header was just inches away from the target.

Nelson Senkatuka (blue) battling against a URA player during the Stanbic Uganda Cup match
Nelson Senkatuka (blue) battling against a URA player during the Stanbic Uganda Cup Round of 16 match

In the 76th minute, the home side got a consolation goal from a penalty spot after Sekitto Sam pulled URA FC player in the area.

With 10 minutes left, Head Coach Fred Kajoba made two tactical changes introducing midfielder Juma Katende for Sula Sebbunza and defender Andrew Kaggwa for Onek.

Bright Stars FC goalkeeper Benson Wangima was cautioned with a yellow card for time wasting.

‘I’m glad to score in this match. It wasn’t my sole effort but teamwork. We have all worked together to have the win’ said Bright Stars FC forward Kalisa.

‘We have been close in the recent games and now we have got the victory we all wanted. The game plan worked for us. The morale and confidence has returned to our players and now we are ready for any opponent’ said Bright Stars FC assistant Coach Paul Kiwanuka.

Bright Stars FC players preparing to take on URA FC in the Stanbic Uganda Cup at Namboole
Bright Stars FC players preparing to take on URA FC in the Stanbic Uganda Cup at Namboole

Bright Stars now heads to the last eight stage that has last season’s runners up Vipers SC, Kyetume FC, Express FC, Nebbi Central FC, Wakiso Giants FC, Proline FC, and BUL FC.

Meanwhile, In the StarTimes Uganda Premier League Bright Stars FC will return to action this Friday 22nd February away to Vipers SC in Kitende.

Bright Stars FC XI against URA FC in the Stanbic Uganda Cup 

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Main PhotoBright Stars FC players celebrating Kalisa’s Goal against URA FC in the Stanbic Uganda Cup