By Spy Uganda
Kampala: After 13 months of no action due to COVID-19, the 2020/21 FUFA Women Super League will kick-start the resumption of Women’s Football with the season getting underway on Monday, 19th April at the FUFA Technical Centre.
The prevailing circumstances in regard to COVID-19 brought about changes in the playing format with the ten teams divided into two groups of five and all games played at one venue (FUFA Technical Centre).
Group 1 that has Kawempe Muslim Ladies, Uganda Martyrs High School WFC, Kampala Queens, Tooro Queens and Makerere University WFC will get the new season underway.
FUFA in partnership with National Broadcaster, UBC will televise the games live, the first of its kind in Women’s football in Uganda.
The new season will start with Uganda Martyrs High School, Lubaga taking on Makerere University (SHE MAK) while Kampala Queens will face record Champions Kawempe Muslim Ladies.
Uganda Martyrs High School coach Rogers Nkugwa is optimistic that his team will start on a positive note.
”The players are ready and we have prepared them very well. Our target is to start with a victory and that will give us momentum ahead of the next games,” he said.
His counterpart, Fred Ndawula of Makerere University equally believes the result from the first game is important and wants hopes his charges can fight for a good outcome.
”The first game in such a format is important. We want to start on a high and that can be a springboard to even better performances,” he said.
Kawempe Muslim will be without head coach Ayub Khalifa Kiyingi who is part of the National Teams scouting group and his assistant, Moses Nkata will be in the dugout.
Nkata is unfazed with the absence of his master and insists there will not be any effect.
‘‘We have been together for a long time with him (Kiyingi) and the great understanding we have over the years definitely makes us more of the same. Therefore, I’m sure the players will go out to make sure the team wins,’’ Nkata stated.
Kampala Queens on the other hand also made changes in the technical team with Isma Mukiibi replacing Faridah Bulega.
Mukiibi will have the task of guiding the team to their first silverware but insists he will take one game at a time.
‘‘The new format is tricky and therefore we must think of one game at a time. The target is to the Championship playoffs first before we can think of the title,” he said.
The top two teams in each group will advance to the Championship playoffs while the bottom-placed teams after the groups’ stage will also be subjected to a playoff to determine the team that will be relegated.
Group 1: Kawempe Muslim Ladies, Kampala Queens, Makerere University WFC, Uganda Martyrs High School Lubaga, Tooro QueensGroup 2: She Corporate, Lady Doves, UCU Lady Cardinals, Isra Soccer Academy, Olila High School
Monday, 19th April 2021 | FUFA Technical Centre, Njeru
Uganda Martyrs High School, Lubaga vs Makerere University WFC – 9am
Kawempe Muslim Ladies vs Kampala Queens – Midday
Games will be live on UBC TV