SINAN RAJUB SENOGA
For the second consecutive time Asubo-Gafford Ladies visited defending champions Kawempe Muslim and walked away with crucial three points.
Another 1-0 win for the Kanyanya outfit was this time enough to save their FUFA Women Elite League status as the regular season climaxed on Sunday.
Scovia Akello scored the all important goal in the 25th minute of a match reminiscent of last season’s final match where the Gafford Ladies clinched a play off berth.
Akello’s goal came moments after Kawempe’s Tracy Jones Akiror failed to convert a penalty won by Juliet Nalukenge.
The four time holders came close to levelling matters but they were unsuccessful. Mariam Nakabugo saw her free kick rattle the woodwork while Tracy and Asia Nakibuuka squandered the glorious chances on the evening.
Kawempe have lost three games in a row but topped the Victoria group with 31 points accumulated from 14 games.
It’s an alarming feat for Ayub Khalifa and his charges who are heading into the semi final play offs with UCU Lady Cardinals most likely to be in their way.
” We played to our best but luck wasn’t on our side. We lost the game because we didn’t take our chances and our opponents did.”
Ayub Khalifa said in the post match interview.
” Gafford were more determined than us because they came into game with a mission to survive relegation.”
” However much we have lost three games on the bounce, we are going to come back more prepared for the play offs. “
The four time league winning coach concluded.
In other games played on the day, Kampala Queens sealed their place on the summit of the Elizabeth group with a 3-1 victory over Lango Queens in Lira.
Lillian Mutuuzo, Dorothy Namugenyi and Aisha Namukisa scored goals for the Farida Bulega coached. Namukisa turned villian by converting in her own net to give the home side a consolation.
Ajax Queens secured a 2-0 win over She Corporates at Buddo thanks to Annet Namwenge and Margaret Nalubega goals.
Lady Doves and Muteesa I Royal University played out a one-all draw at Katusabe grounds in Masindi. Grace Babirye was on target for the Olive Mbekeka coached team whereas Janat Thungu scored for Muteesa.
Makerere University ended their campaign with a 1-0 win over Bugiri Town View courtesy of Prossy Nabukeera.
Uganda Martyrs Lubaga edged Isra Soccer Academy 3-2. Shadia Nankya scored a brace while Gloria Namugerwa added the other.
Fauzia Najjemba’s brace was not enough to ensure a positive result for Isra but took her individual tally to 14 goals joint top with UCU’s Hasifa Nassuna.
Rines SS WFC got relegated to the regional league despite earning a walkover victory over Dynamic SS Jjeza who didn’t turn up at Namusera UMEA grounds.
The game between Olila High school and UCU Lady Cardinals was postponed to Wednesday 22nd May following the death of latter’s coach Frank Peter Sebulime.
The semi final play offs will be played on Thursday 30th May at the StarTimes stadium, Lugogo while the final is scheduled for Sunday 2nd June at the same venue.
End of regular season Results
• Rines SS WFC vs Dynamic SS Jjeza ( Awarded 3-0 after Dynamic failed to turn up)
• Kawempe Muslim 0-1 Asubo-Gafford Ladies
• Ajax Queens 2-0 She Corporates
• Uganda Martyrs 3-2 Isra Soccer Academy
• Makerere University 1-0 Town View Bugiri
• Lady Doves 1-1 Muteesa University
• Lango Queens 1-3 Kampala Queens