Thursday May 30th, 2019 will go down in history as the day Kawempe Muslim’s dominance as the queens of women’s football in Uganda came to end.
The four time winners of the FUFA Women Elite League were eliminated by UCU Lady Cardinals 4-2 at the semifinal playoffs at StarTimes Stadium Lugogo on Thursday.
“We had to win at least for the late coach Peter Ssebulime and this win is for him,” UCU interim coach Magoba Godfrey told www.football256.com.
“This is a signal to teams like Kampala Queens and Lady Doves that we are serious and we will fight to win this year’s trophy,” he added.
UCU Lady Cardinals skipper Moureen Kinavudoli rose to the occasion after a ‘one-two’ quick passing session with Hasifah Nassuna to give the Mukono based side the lead just two minutes into the game.
Cissy Nakate doubled the lead in the seventh minute after Kawempe goal keeper Juliet Adele failed to do the needful in her area. Before Rehema Adubango put the ball in her own net to stretch the score line to 3-0.
Anita Namata briefly gave Kawempe hope when she met Grace Aluka cross with a powerful far post header that beat Ruth Aturo in UCU’s goal to make 3-1.
It was former Kawempe Muslim player Nassuna went on to make the job difficult for the defending champion with a well taken free kick to make it 4-1.
Brenda Nakayenga scored the second for the defending champion midway the second half but it wasn’t enough to secure the day for them.
- This is the first final of the FUFA Women Elite League that won’t feature Kawempe Muslim
- UCU’s 4-2 win over Kawempe was their first ever win in a major competition
- Hasifah Nassuna scored her second goal against her former side with the first one coming in the FUA Women Cup
- The 4-2 score line is the worst Kawempe Muslim have suffered in the history of the FUFA Women Elite League
- Hasifah Nassuna guided UCU to the their first final of the FUFA Women Elite League in her second season since departing Kawempe, their second since 2015