Northern Gateway Clinches Championship, Sets Playoff Date with PBA

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~ Gateway halftime advantage played

~ Lions’ fruitless second half

~ Big League return


In an exhilarating matchup at the Elephant stadium in Olwiyo, Nwoya district, Northern Gateway SC emerged victorious against Pajule Lions FC in the Northern Regional League playoff, securing a spot in the upcoming playoff clash with PBA.

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Halftime advantage played to Gateway’s favor

The game started with an explosive opening as Daniel Ojok of Northern Gateway SC broke the deadlock just 5 minutes into the first half, assisted by the skillful Jacob Adoko. The Gateway team continued their dominance by doubling the lead in the 38th minute, with Daniel Opio finding the back of the net, courtesy of an assist from Jacob Adoko, his second. However, Pajule Lions FC managed to pull one back in the added minutes of the first half, keeping the game exciting and unpredictable.

Lions’ fruitless second half

Despite the intense competition, neither team managed to score in the second half, maintaining the 2-1 lead for Northern Gateway SC until the final whistle blew. The victory for the Gateway team sets the stage for an eagerly anticipated playoff showdown with the West Nile Regional League Champions, Paidha Black Angels.

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The upcoming contest between Paidha Black Angels and Northern Gateway SC will be a home and away affair, with the winner securing an automatic promotion to the highly competitive BetPawa Big League. Football enthusiasts and fans alike are eagerly awaiting the confirmation of the playoff date, which promises to be a thrilling encounter between two talented teams vying for a coveted spot in the prestigious league.

Northern Regional League Champions eye Big League return

As Northern Gateway SC basks in the glory of their Championship win and looks ahead to the playoff challenge against Paidha Black Angels, the team’s determination, skill, and unity on the field will undoubtedly be put to the test in what promises to be a fiercely contested battle for promotion. Football fans can expect an electrifying contest as these two formidable teams clash in pursuit of their dreams of advancing to the next level of competition.

Threatening Paidha Black Angels

The West Nile Champions, Paidha Black Angels pose a big threat to Northern Gateway’s quest for Big League return. The Nebbi district based side rides on the support of their fans who flock the stadium to cheer up the boys on every match day, both home and on the road, however, the fate of the two sides will be determined within the 180 minutes to be played (2 legs).

Can record repeat itself?

From the inception of FUFA Drum qualification play off, all clubs from the Rhino group (Lango Sub region) who meet West Nile Champion has gone through. West Nile clubs always find it an easy ride when they encounter a side from the Elephant group (Acholi sub region) at this level.

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Sporting United, Lira United, Amuka Bright Stars and Saviors FC are the clubs who won the Northern Regional League Championship and went on to beat all their West Nile opponents to book second tier League slots.

In the 2021/22 season, COVID-19 effects played to Northern Gateway SC advantage thus earning Big League promotion without facing a West Nile opponent. It should be noted that the two sides ain’t have faced off before, during the pre season to start the just concluded 3rd division leagues. However, they’ll be meeting for the first time in a competitive game.

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