Sinan RAJUB SENOGA
UCU Lady Cardinals became the second team to win the FUFA Women Elite League since the inception in 2015.
This was confirmed after the University side defeated Lady Doves 2-0 in this year’s final at the StarTimes stadium Lugogo.
Hasifa Nassuna and Maureen Kinavudori scored in each half to ensure UCU Lady Cardinals dethrone Kawempe Muslim who had won the title four times on a bounce.
Nassuna put an outstanding performance that gave UCU the rhythm and dominance from the word go.
The 2016 FUFA player of the year had a number of goal attempts from a distance but couldn’t beat Daisy Nakaziro the Lady Doves goalkeeper until the half hour mark.
Nassuna gave UCU a deserved lead with a well struck free kick from about 30 yards that kissed the cross bar before hitting the back of the net.
Lady Doves would have been in front had it not been the profligacy of lead striker Miriam Akwero who failed to beat Ruth Aturo in a keeper to beat situation two minutes before Nassuna happened.
A minute to the mandatory break, Akwero squandered yet another one on one opportunity that would have levelled matters for the Oliver Mbekeka coached team.
The second half saw UCU dominate proceedings with a number of goal scoring attempts from Nassuna, Jackie Nakassi and defender Kemisa Adams.
Kinavudori finally doubled the lead for the Mukono based institution with eight minutes to normal time.
The Kenyan born striker was on the receiving end of a Nakassi defence splitting pass before slotting home the ball far from Nakaziro’s trying gloves.
The full-time saw UCU dedicate their triumph to their late coach Frank Peter Sebulime who passed on a fortnight ago.
Nassuna was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) on top of scooping the golden boot with 14 goals.
Nakaziro won the best goalkeeper accolade – the golden glove while Kawempe Muslim claimed the fair play award having got only four yellow cards throughout the season.
Kawempe and Kampala Queens will however vie for the third place on a date yet to be communicated following the death of Rehema Adubango.
UCU Lady Cardinals XI;
Ruth Aturo (GK), Jauhara Nabaggala, Adam Kemisa, Annet Nakirijja, Mercy Nabuloobi, Phoebe Banura, Joan Kwagala, Teddy Najjuma, Jackline Nakassi, Hassifah Nassuna, Maureen Kinavudori
Cissy Nakate, Stellah Nalwanga, Harriet Muwagubya, Catherine Nakiridde, Ruth Akao, Sharon Apon, Sarah Adokorach
Lady Doves XI
Daisy Nakaziro, Adrine Birungi, Madam Christine, Gladys Nakitto, Nancy Saha Akello, Agnes Namakula, Riticia Nabbosa, Grace Winnie Babirye, Martha Nalunkuma, Nuluh Nakyanzi, Miriam Akwero
Esther Namaganda, Shamim Najjuko, Lydia Nyandera, Getrude Karungi, Aisha Nakintu, Fortunate Mutuuzo, Lilian Veronica