Uganda Christian University (UCU) have for the last four seasons qualified for the quarter-final stage of the Pepsi University Football League, each time finishing at the top of their group with ease.
However, each time they have been knocked out at the quarter-final stage twice by Uganda Martyrs University (2017, 2016), Kampala University (2018) and Kampala International University (2015).
This time, however, fortune seems to be smiling on the Mukono-based side as they were drawn against Busitema University for their quarterfinal tie. UCU visit Busitema on Friday, September 13 for the match. The two sides have met three times before in the group stage of the competition with UCU winning home and away in 2017 and drawing in 2016.
This has given many UCU fans hope that this time round the Cardinals can break their UFL quarterfinal jinx and possibly make it all the way to the finals. UCU coach Kintu Mwera is equally hopeful that this year his team can finally make it.
"We are also tired of this jinx as you call it and are determined to break it this year," Mwera said.
"Yes the draw was kind on us in giving us Busitema University but we shall not take them for granted. Every team that is in the quarter-finals is there on merit and we shall approach the Busitema game with seriousness," Mwera added.
Meanwhile, current champions Kyambogo University are away to Bugema University today (September 11) in a repeat of last year's semifinal. Kyambogo won that semifinal match 3-0 on aggregate (1-0 at Kyambogo and 2-0 at Bugema).
Kyambogo coach Deo Sserwadda expects the game to be a tough one but is confident that his side will continue to do well against Bugema.
"Bugema were not an easy team to play last season and this season they have greatly improved and did remarkably well to qualify from the group stage," Sserwadda said.
"I know they will be looking to avenge last yearís loss to us but we are also looking at winning the title for the second time and to do that we need to win at this stage. We are going to take each game as it comes until we get to the final again," Sserwadda added.
Next week Uganda Martyrs University host Makerere University Business School following their goalless draw at Nakawa while YMCA Comprehensive Institute host St. Lawrence University after their 2-0 loss in the first leg.