UCU Lady Cardinals emerged Winners of the 2018 FUFA Women’s Cup after defeating She Corporates in the final played at Kabwohe playground in Sheema district on Saturday.
The Mukono based side registered a 2-0 victory over rivals She Corporates to clinch the second edition of the knockout tournament.
Mercy Nabulobi and Hasifah Nassuuna scored a goal each in the second half to help UCU Lady Cardinals earn their first major title in FUFA Competitions.
The game witnessed either side get a share of chances but they lacked cutting edge with the opening 45 minutes ending goalless.
Five minutes into the game, Nassuna came close after winning possession from defender Memory Nampijja but her effort sailed wide.
UCU skipper Maureen Kinavudori also had an opportunity five minutes later following a goal melee but goalkeeper Fatuma Matovu was quick to save.
Action in the 2018 FUFA Women Cup between UCU Lady Cardinals and She Corporates.
The University side kept surging forward and at the hour mark, midfielder Ruth Penninah Akuku had to clear off the line to deny Nassiuna with goalkeeper Matovu already beaten.
On the other hand, She Corporates too had a couple of chances through Alice Kalimba and Dorothy Nakato but failed to breakthrough.
In the second half, UCU Lady Cardinals stepped up their efforts and broke the deadlock in the 52nd minute.
Nabulobi’s free kick from the left side of the pitch went straight into the back of the net to help UCU get the lead.
Despite stepping up efforts to search for an equalizer, She Corporates fell short and it was UCU Lady Cardinals that doubled their lead through Nassuuna with seven minutes to play.
Jackie Nakasi dribbled past defender Nampijja before setting up Nassuuna at the edge of the box. The latter did no mistake to curl home.
Nassuuna later received the Winners’ trophy on behalf of her captain Kinavudori who was in deep pain following injury on her right leg tgat affected her ankle and knee.
FUFA Vice President Darius Mugoye was the Guest of Honour at the game.
The other dignitaries that watched the game included; Hamid Juma, a FUFA executive member from Kampala region Mutaka Sseka Chairman Western Region GA Chairman, Chris Kalibala another FUFA Executive member, Margaret Kubingi Chairperson UWFA and National team Crested Cranes coach Faridah Bulega among others.
UCU captain Maureen Kinavudori was named the Most Valuable Player while Ruth Aturo emerged the best goalkeeper of the tournament.
Bugiri Town View striker Sharuwa Nakayima finished as the top scorer with four goals.
The FUFA Fair play award also went to Bugiri Town View for getting the least bookings.
Olila Women FC from Soroti district won the inaugural edition last year defeating Gafford Ladies in the final played at Madibira grounds in Busia.
The winners will get 3M shillings, runners up 2m while the semi-finalists 1m each.
The Individual award winners each gets UGX 100,000 while the Fair play team of the year takes UGX 200,000.
UCU Lady Cardinals XI:
Ruth Aturo,Mercy Nabulob,Phoebe Banura(Barbara Nsangi),Annet Nakirijja,Yudaya Nakayenze,Joan Kwagala,Catherine Nakiridde(Jauhara Nabagala), Teddy Najjuma (Esther Kadondi),Maureen Kinavudori (Millicet Mwanzi) & Yudaya Nakayenze
Cissy Nakate,Stellah Nalwanga, Sharon Achieng
She Corporate XI:
Fatuma Matovu,Christine Nambirigge(Zaina Namukasa), Miriam Nantale,Memory Nampijja,Swabrah Nkooba,Naome Nagadya,Alice Kalimba, Ruth Penninah Akuku,Dorothy Nakato(Sarah Nalindwa, Aisha Namubiru Babirye,Noeline Namiiro(Florence Imanizabayo)
Rachael Lwanga, Sharon Oyenyboth, Jennifer Mirembe, Hajarah Namugeye
MVP: Maureen Kinavudori (UCU Lady Cardinals)
Top Scorer: Sharuwa Nakayima(Bugiri Town View)
Best Goalkeeper: Ruth Aturo (UCU Lady Cardinals)
Fair Play: Bugiri Town View.