St. Lawrence University’s journey in the Pepsi University Football League has been a process of improvement each season that goes by.
They came close to winning it in 2019 but were edged 2-1 by Uganda Christian University in the final.
St. Lawrence have bounced back for a second consecutive appearance in the final after eliminating two-time champions Makerere University Business School 5-1 on aggregate in the semifinals.
St Lawrence’s head coach Nnono Ssozi is optimistic of landing St. Lawrence’s maiden UFL title: “I think it time to win it,” he told the media before adding.
“We have always been a prepared team mentally and physically and we are not backing off, now it is time to prepare for the final straight away.”
“There are several things that we have been failing to do in the past editions but starting with the quarterfinals of this year I have recognized a significant improvement.”
“Teamwork has helped us a lot unlike previously when we used to have a lot of individual players the likes of Ibrahim Kasule, Titus Ssematimba, Ali Bayo, Hamis Ssemugera, Isaac Ogwang, and others.”
“Even now, we have some in the likes of Bruno Buyanga, and Bulanchar Mulumba but this is more of a squad that can help each other collectively as a unit,” he added.
Michael Kayongo, Bunyaga, and an own goal from Herbert Abima earned St. Lawrence a 3-0 victory in Nakawa on Tuesday in the second leg of the semifinals this followed their 2-1 win in Kavule a week ago in the first leg.
Ssozi’s charges will face former champions Uganda Martyrs University in the final at the MTN Omondi Stadium, Lugogo on Saturday, November 12th.
“It is not going to be an easy game at all but in the final, the best-prepared team wins the trophy.”
“At the moment we have full support from the administration, and a lot of people are rooting for us to win it and that gives us the motivation going into the final,” he noted.
Uganda Martyrs eliminated defending champions UCU 5-4 in the shootouts after a 1-1 stalemate on aggregate in the other semifinal.
Eric Kisuze’s coached team last featured in the final four years ago when they won 2-0 against MUBS in 2017, they will also be eager to win their second title.