ARUA. The West Nile Province that is playing in the maiden FUFA Drum team competition has this afternoon qualified to the semi-finals after beating Bugisu Province by a goal to nil.

Bida Ezra, the striker for the West Nile Province, set Onduparaka’s home ground, Betway Green Light Stadium, into a frenzy after he headed in Gadafi Wahab’s corner kick after 21 minutes of the first half.

But shortly after scoring the goal, Bida limped off with an injury and was replaced by Solomon Ovoyo. 

The Bugisu Province pushed hard in the second half but couldn't convert their chances to equalize.

The FUFA Drum games were started in order for players from various clubs to identify with their cultural heritage and also offer opportunity for talent search by the clubs. 

The West Nile Province Coach, Mr Abdalah Omar, told Daily Monitor after the game that: “We had finished the game in Mbale because the away win gave us hope. Our game plan was to score first. But in the second half, our boys relaxed a bit and credit to Bugisu team for putting up a spirited fight in the second half. We are one of the favourites and we need to have the spirit to win".