By Edwin Kyle Kule
Lady Doves won their maiden FUFA Women Super League title following a 2-1 victory over reigning champions Lady Cardinal at the FUFA Technical Center, Njeru on Wednesday afternoon.
Goals from Elizabeth Nakigozi and Fazila Ikwaput gave Lady Doves all points while Sandra Kisakye found UCU Lady Cardinals’ solitary goal.
As early as the fifth minute, towering defender Shadia Nankya’s long range free kick forced Lady Doves cstodian Daisy Nakaziro into a spectacular save.
A minute later UCU Lady Cardinal’s skipper Hasifah Nassuna had a shot at goal but it sailed over the cross bar to deny the side an early goal.
In the 12th minute Sandra Kisakye lacked composure as she missed a keeper to beat with defender Fatuma Nakasumba on hand to clear for a corner kick.
In the 29th minute, Lady Doves were awarded a penalty after Mercy Nabulobi handled the ball inside the dangerous area. Elizabeth Nakigozi stepped up to bury the penalty past Ruth Aturo to give the Masindi based side the lead.
Three minutes later, Hasifa Nassuna was once again denied by the woodwork from a free kick which fell into the path of Teddy Najjuma but the latter failed to score from the rebound with the goal gapping.
In the second stanza, Lady Doves sat deeper in a bid to defend their lead as UCU mounted a search for the leveller.
UCU Lady cardinals made a double substitution introducing Harriet Muwugumya and Catherine Nakiridde for Cissy Nakate and Jauhara Nabaggala.
Fifteen minutes to the end of the game, UCU Lady Cardinals forward, Sandra Kisakye header put UCU back on level terms.
In reaction, Lady Doves introduced top scorer Fazila Ikwaput and Sarah Nakuya for Joweria Nagadya and Aziz Zuena Tembeni.
In 82nd minute, Ikwaput struck what would be the winner from inside the box after sitting Nankya down.
It has taken close to two years for Lady Doves to revenge on UCU Lady Cardinals a team they lost to 2-0 in the 2019 FWSL final.
Fazila Ikwaput finished the tournament as the top scorer with eight goals.
How they lined up
Lady Doves XI: Daisy Nakaziro (GK)(C), Adrine Birungi, Madam Christine, Fatuma Nakasumba, Nabilah Nakito, Aziz Zuena Tembeni, Riticia Nabbosa, Nankya Rashida, Nyandera Lydia, Elizabeth Nakigozi, Joweria Nagadya
Substitutes: Olivia Babirye, Eseza Kobusobozi, Margret Namande, Sarah Nakuya, Fazila Ikwaput
UCU Lady Cardinals XI: Ruth Aturo (GK), Shadia Nankya, Phoebe Banura, Annet Nakirijja, Mercy Nabulobi, Joan Kwagala, Teddy Najjuma, Jauhara Nabaggala, Cissy Nakate, Sandra Kisakye, Hasifah Nassuna (C)
Substitutes: Hadijjah Nalongo (GK), Catherine Nakiridde, Collines Ahumuza, Jackline Nakasi, Harriet Muwugumya, Faith Apio