By Denis Turyahebwa
Kampala: Lady Doves have been crowned the Champions of the 2020/21 FUFA Women Super League after defeating UCU Lady Cardinals in the final on Wednesday.
This was the repeat of the 2018/19 Final where Lady Doves earned sweet revenge against the same team that beat them two years ago and the Masindi-based team won 2-1.
The phenomenal Fazila Ikwaput show throughout the tournament cannot be left unnoticed after she came off the bench to net her 8th goal of the tournament and the winner just six minutes on the pitch.
Fazila who was doubtful following her injury in the Semi-finals came on in the 78th minute with the game on level 1-1 and then slotted home in the 84th minute but unfortunately picked up an injury in the process which forced her off the pitch.
Lady Doves had opened the score in the 29th minute through winger Elizabeth Nakigozi who converted from the spot after defender Mercy Nabulobi held the ball in the area.
UCU Lady Cardinals could have taken the lead earlier but were unlucky on two occasions when Hasifa Nassuna was denied by the woodwork.
Her first attempt from outside the area beat goalkeeper Nakaziro while the other from the free-kick but also hit the upright.
Sandra Kisakye equalized for UCU Lady Cardinals, heading home from Nabulobi cross as the 2019 Winners gained hope.
The game played at the FUFA Technical Centre was graced by FUFA President, Eng Moses Magogo in the company of FUFA 1st Vice President, Justus Mugisha, and 3rd Vice President, Hon. Nakiwala Kiyingi.
FUFA President Eng Moses Magogo indicated that it was important to have Women’s Football return and the Federation made efforts to have a successful tournament.
“It was important to have the Women return to action after a year out. Despite the conditions in regard to covid-19, we made efforts, bringing the teams together and having the players back to action.” He said.
“As FUFA, we shall give the necessary support to our representatives in the CAF Champions League qualifiers with Air tickets to Nairobi on top of the Cash Prize of UGX 12.” He confirmed.
Lady Doves who emerged Champions took home a trophy, medals, and a cash prize of UGX 12M while the first runners-up UCU Lady Cardinals earned UGX 7M.
Uganda Martyrs High School who defeated Kawempe Muslim got a cash prize of UGX 5M while the latter earned UGX 2M.
Ikwaput was named the Most Valuable Player of the Tournament and also bagged the top scorer’s golden boot with 8 goals.
Daisy Nakaziro who is the captain of Lady Doves emerged as the best goalkeeper while Isra Soccer Academy got the FairPlay Award.
Each of the individual winners bagged one million shillings.
Winners – Lady Doves – UGX 12M
First Runners-Up – UCU Lady Cardinals –UGX 7M
Second Runners-Up – Uganda Martyrs High School WFC – UGX 5M
Most Valuable Player – Fazila Ikwaput
Top Scorer – Fazila Ikwaput (8 goals)
Best Goalkeeper – Daisy Nakazir