Jinja Progressive Academy clinches victory in USSSA Football Elite games final

JIPRA 0(5)-0(4) Jinja SS

Jinja Progressive Academy (JIPRA) Saturday emerged victorious in a penalty shootout against Jinja SS, securing a 5-4 win after a goalless draw in regular time. 

The intense battle at Kakindu Stadium unfolded under the spotlight of the Uganda Secondary Schools Sports Association (USSSA) Elite Games 2024.

The match kicked off with both teams aggressively vying for an early lead, but the scoreboard remained unchanged at 0-0 after 70 minutes of regulation play. 

Jinja Progressive Academy had an early goal disallowed for offside, setting the tone for a game full of suspense.

As the tension mounted, Jinja SS was denied by a disallowed goal from JIPRA, and the game reached halftime deadlocked at 0-0. 

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The second half saw near misses and close calls, with Wanume Alvin coming close to breaking the deadlock.

With no goals in sight after the full 70 minutes, the match headed into a dramatic penalty shootout.

Isabirye Regan, Nicholas Mukibi, Kirunda Emmanuel, Sowedi Lwenda who missed and Barasa Mangoli were among the players showcasing their penalty prowess for Jinja SS. 

JIPRA responded with successful penalties from Isabirye, Mukibi, Emmanuel, Lwenda, and ultimately, James Captain, securing their 5-4 victory.

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The Kakindu Stadium witnessed jubilant celebrations as Jinja Progressive Academy emerged as the champions of the USSSA Elite Games Football Boys Final, showcasing skill, determination, and nerve-wracking moments that will be etched in the memories of football enthusiasts.

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