St. Andrews Rubindi Secondary school put up a hard fight for the Presidential U16 Youth Cup title on Good Friday but still succumbed to pressure when they conceded a goal three minutes to the end of the game.
Both teams had played to a goalless first 40 minutes but striker Charles Ssali netted for Kitende in the 77th minute to earn his school the first position. The winners took home UGX 3.000.000 while the first runners up had a UGX 2.000.000 cash prize. St. Edwards Bukuumi (Kitara region) finished third and received UGX 1.000.000 as Old Kampala SS went back with UGX 800,000 for the 4th position.
Others were Bishop Negri SS (UGX 600,000), Mvara SS (UGX 500,000), Rock High SS (UGX 400,000) and Jinja Progressive finished last and earned UGX 300.000 for their efforts. All participating players received a certificate and three balls for each team. The four semi finalists had a new set of jerseys. Despite finishing last, Jinja Progressive were voted winners of the tournament’s Fair play award.
The FUFA president Lawrence Mulindwa said the technical centre in Njeru would host a series of events with the FIFA referees and assessors’ course going there on April 7 and the women’s tournament in July among others.
The tournament had 42 goals scored, 9 yellow cards and only one red card.