By Edwin Kyle Kule
She Maroons clinched the FUFA Women Elite League tournament after edging Rines SS WFC 1-0 in the tournament final at the FUFA Technical Center, Njeru, on Thursday.
Millicent Namwembe scored the solo goal of the game to help the Luzira based side finish the tournament champions with a perfect record.
The game started at a slow pace as Cida Alex Olowo’s charges continuously pressed Rines SS, who preferred to stay on the receiving end in their half.
She Maroons’ forward Lillian Masinde tried to use her trickery and pace to cause danger to Rines, but Catherine Wujja was equally alert to keep the game goalless at the break.
She Maroons skipper Namwembe missed a clinical chance in the 60th minute, failing to connect with Masinde’s free-kick.
Four minutes later, Masinde also failed to hit the target with only the keeper to beat, leaving her skipper Namwembe furious as she could have opted to lay off the ball to her for an easier finish.
The breakthrough moment arrived with 16 minutes of the game left, Namwembe calmly finishing off a rebound after Rines SS goalkeeper Najjemba had saved her initial effort.
Meanwhile, Namwembe finished as the FUFA Women Elite League top scorer in the tournament with six goals from six games played, while Elsie Najjembe finished as the best goalkeeper conceding only twice.
Joan Naggayi of She Maroons scooped the accolade of the Most Valuable Player (MVP) while She Kataka took home the Fair Play Award.
She Maroons will take home a token of UGX eight million. The runners up Rinnes will be rewarded UGX five million while Bunyaruguru who finished third walk away with UGX 3.5M
Bunyaruguru Girls FC secured third position of the FUFA Women Elite League after overcoming Wakiso Hills 2-1 in a classification game at Njeru.