JUDGMENT DAY: Can UCU repeat the 2018/19 season fortunes?
It has always been a tight contest when the two sides UCU Lady Cardinals and Lady Doves met and the fixture produces slim score margin, the biggest being UCU Lady Cardinals’ 2-0 win in 2019 final.
The two sides meet today Wednesday, the 5th May 2021 at FUFA Technical Center in Njeru for a highly anticipated final of the FUFA Women Super league.
Can history repeat itself for UCU to replicate their 2018- 2019 season fortunes to humble Lady Doves in two consecutive finals of top level women football or the game shall see a new champion besides the dominant Kawempe and UCU?
For starters, today’s FUFA Women Super League final is a repeat of 2018/19 season final where the Lady Cardinals defeated Lady Doves 2-0 to win their first ever top tier trophy in the land.
A goal in each half from Uganda’s finest Hassifa Nassuna and forward Maureen Kinavudori guided the Mukono based club to the maiden national league championship, a tie held on 2nd June 2019 at Lugogo.
To storm this year’s final, UCU Lady Cardinals eliminated Uganda Martyrs in a 1-0 semi-final victory. Ugandan born South Sudan international Jawuharah Nabagala scored for UCU to over come resilient Martyrs in a clash of Christian institutions.
Whilst Lady Doves beat the four time champion Kawempe Muslim Ladies 1-0. Former Olira High School midfield maestro Reticia Nabbosa scored a long range to inspire the Masindi based side to their second consecutive top tier final.
The two sides in the final came from the same group and Lady Doves came from a goal down to overcome UCU Lady Cardinals as the league top scorer Fazila Ikwaput scored a brace to cancel captain Hasifa Nassuna’s early penalty goal following Rashida Nankya’s foul on Harriet Muwugumya in the box just 20 minutes into the game.
Lady Doves are yet to confirm the availability of their goal poacher Fazila Ikwaput who was stretched off during their epic semi-final tie against Kawempe due to a knee injury after being fouled by defender Samalie Nakacwa.
The winner of this year’s FUFA Women Super League will qualify for CECAFA club’s zonal qualifiers in Kenya which is to serve as a regional qualifying tournament to the first ever CAF Women champions league set for November in Morocco.
Head to head
The two sides have met four times and Lady Doves proved superior with two wins, a draw and lost one to UCU.
In the previous four meetings, both sides have scored five a conceded five against each other.