Drama was showcased in the first semi-final of the third edition of the FUFA Women Cup Masindi based side Lady Doves eliminated She Corporate 4-3 on penalties to reach their first ever final.
It was a tense game that forced Lady Doves coach Oliver Mbekaka coach her team from the opposite side of the technical area for the bigger part of the first half, without the official noticing.
“I thank my players, the technical team who have worked very hard to see this team this far and my target is to win all the trophies that’s the Fufa Women Cup and the Fufa Women Elite League,” Mbekaka said after the game.
“I dedicate this win to my boss, (Godfrey Mugisha) he has provided everything for us and the only way we can pay him back is by winning,” she added.
Normal time ended 2-2 on Sunday, May 26th, at Mubs in a game that had She Corporate score first on the day through Betty Namataka after just 15 minutes.
Nulu Nakyanzi equalized for the visitors in the 33rd minute with a brilliant shot before She Corporate defender Christine Nambirige scored in her own net two minutes later to give the visitors the lead before halftime.
There was no doubt that She Corporate were the better side of the second half, Dorcus Namukisa eventually got the equalizer with five minutes to full time.
In the post-match penalties, She Corporate shot stopper and skipper Vanessa Karungi did what she does best.
She saved Gladys Nakitto’s penalty to give the home side the first lead before Cissy Nantongo and Jacky Ogwol failed to convert theirs granting Lady Doves a slot in the finals.
Akuku Peninah Ruth, Sarah Namulindwa and Betty Namataka scored for she Corporate and Nakyanzi, Adrine Birungi, Getrude Karungi and Winnie Babirye converted for the visitors.
- Lady doves will be playing in the Fufa women cup final for the first time in their history
- She corporate’s elimination means that this will be the third consecutive time to have different teams in the Fufa Women Cup finals since 2017
- A two all draw against both sides means that no team has not conceded a goal this season in the competition
- Oliver Mbekeka is the only lady in women football history to guide a team to the Fufa Women Cup final since 2017.