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UCU Lady Cardinals defeat Lady Doves to win FUFA Women Elite League

This is UCU’s first ever League title. (PHOTOS/FUFA)

FUFA Women Elite League-Playoff Final

UCU Lady Cardinals 2-0 Lady Doves

StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo

Sunday, 02-06-2019

LUGOGO – Uganda Christian University are the 2018/19 FUFA Women Elite League champions.

This was confirmed on Sunday, 2nd of June at the StarTimes Stadium Lugogo when the Mukono best side defeated Lady Doves 2-0 to win their first ever League championship.

A Hassifah Nassuna strike in the first half was added onto by Maureen Kinavudori to ensure UCU stops Lady Doves’ hopes for a double this season.

UCU players celebrate on of their goals on Sunday.

Nassuna handed UCU the lead in the 38th minute with well-taken free-kick that beat Lady Doves goalkeeper Daisy Nakaziro.

Lady Doves saw to glorious opportunities to level the game, go to waste as striker Akwero Miriam could not get the better of Ruth Aturo in the UCU goal.

In the second half, captain Kinavudori had an opportunity to double the lead when she controlled the ball in inside the area before shooting wide of the target.

Nassuna would have been on spot with another well-curved free-kick on the edge of the box in the 75th minute however the ball went inches wide.

With 7 minutes to play in the game, Kinavudori would not be denied for a second time as she was played in by Jacqueline Nakasi and the skipper made no mistake, finding the back of the net as putting the game to bed.

This is UCU’s first league crown while Lady Doves, who are in the final of the FUFA Women’s Cup, can no longer win the double this season.

UCU Lady Cardinals forward Nassuna was named the Most valuable player and the League top scorer, taking home both awards with a prize of 1M UGX for each.

Nassuna displays both of her awards.

Nakaziro Daisy of Lady Doves emerged the best goalkeeper, received an accolade and prize money of 1M UGX.

Champions UCU Lady Cardinals received prize money of 12M UGX while the runners-up Lady Doves walked home with 7M UGX. The third and four placed teams will also take home 5 and 2 Million shillings respectively

Kawempe Muslim Ladies Team won the fair play award with prize money of UGX 1M. They got only four yellow cards in the entire league.

UCU Lady Cardinals XI

Ruth Aturo (GK), Jawuhara Nabagala, Adam Kemisha, Annet Nakirijja, Mercy Nabuloobi, Phoebe Banura, Joan Kwagala, Teddy Najjuma, Jaqueline Nakasi, Hasifa Nassuna, and Maureen Kinavudori

Lady Doves XI
Nakaziro Daisy (GK), Birungi Adrine, Madam Christine, Nakito Gladys, Akello Nancy, Namakula Agnes, Nabbosa Riticia, Babirye Grace, Winnie , Martha Nalunkuma, Nuluh Nakyanzi, and Akwero Miriam.

Awards:

Champion:  UCU Lady Cardinals – 12M UGX

Runners-up: Lady Doves – 7M UGX

MVP: Hassifa Nassuna (UCU Lady Cardinals) – 1M UGX

Top Scorer: Hassifa Nassuna 14 goals (UCU Lady Cardinals) – 1M UGX

Fair Play Award: Kawempe Muslim Ladies – 1M UGX

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