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She Corporate vs Kampala Queens: Coaches, Players speak out ahead of face-off

FUFA Women Super League

Matchday Two
Saturday, 24th September 2022

Asubo Gafford Ladies FC vs Uganda Martyrs LFC – Kampala Quality Playground

Rines SS vs UCU Lady Cardinals FC – Kabaka Kyabaggu Stadium, Wakiso

Lady Doves FC vs Makerere University FC – Katusabe Stadium, Masindi

Sunday, 25th September 2022

She Corporate FC vs Kampala Queens – MUBS Arena, Nakawa (Live on FUFA TV)

All games kickoff at 10:00AM

There is evident anticipation towards this weekend’s fixtures of the FUFA Women Super League with the game between She Corporate FC and Kampala Queens standing out.

The aforementioned teams are the outright favorites for this season’s league title and they face off much early in the season compared to last season when met in the final games of the first and second round.

Phoebe Banura of She Corporate FC in action against Makerere University.
Kampala Queens celebrate one of their goals against Asubo Gafford Ladies FC.

Ahead of Sunday’s game in Nakawa, coaches and players from either side had an interaction with the media on Friday in a joint press conference organised by FUFA.

She Corporate FC gaffer Hassan Issa stated his troops are ready to face Kampala Queens and hoping for maximum points.

She Corporate FC Head Coach Hassan Issa (Middle) speaking to the media.

“We come into Sunday’s game ready to compete and secure our first win of the season. We could not earn maximum points in the game against Makerere University but we have worked on the mistakes made in the last days and all we need on Sunday is three points,” He said.

Asked whether there is pressure on She Corporate given they are defending Champions.

“The target is to retain our crown and that definitely comes with pressure because the rest of the nine teams are looking at us but we know how to handle that and our focus is to take a game at a time.” Issa added.

Kampala Queens on the other hand had assistant coach Alimiah Kato who is unfazed by the tag name ‘Money Bags’ given their massive transfer recruitment and indicates the target is to do well in every game.

Alimiah Kato addressing members of the fourth estate

“We did recruitment in areas we felt needed bolstering. We don’t look at ourselves as money bags but rather a team with good players that are capable of delivering our target of winning the League this season.”

About facing She Corporate FC this weekend, Kato said they will aim to secure maximum points on the road.

“We respect them (She Corporate) because they are the reigning Champions but we don’t fear them. We shall go all out on Sunday to fight for the three points.” He indicated.

Kampala Queens began the season on a high, winning 5-0 against new comers Asubo Gafford Ladies FC.

Sumaya Komuntale opened the scores against Asubo Gafford Ladies FC.

With the addition of defender Jamila Nabulime and forward Hasifah Nassuna, Kampala Queens even look more stronger on paper.

However, the coach was coy on whether Nassuna will make her debut over the weekend.

Zaina Namuleme, the Kampala Queens skipper believes the result from the previous game gives them confidence going into Sunday’s game.

Zaina Namuleme, Kampala Queens captain.

“We lost the League last season on the final day and therefore, we don’t want to falter at the very beginning. All we want is to pick enough points at the start and winning our first game with a big margin gives us confidence ahead of the next games.”

Last season’s MVP, Phiona Nabbumba who played an integral role for She Corporate to win the League maintains the false start at Makerere University is not a concern ahead of the fixture against Kampala Queens.

She Corporate FC midfielder Phiona Nabbumba.

“We failed to pick maximum points off Makerere University in our first game because of a number of factors including the unplayable ground but we are not here to make excuses. That is behind us, the coaches have tried to make improvements and all we want on Sunday is to win.” She said.

Zaina Namuleme and Phiona Nabbumba shake hands after the press conference.

She Corporate FC are unbeaten against Kampala Queens in the last four League games, winning two while the other two (both from last season) ending in draws.

In the other games to be played this weekend, wounded Rines SS who lost 2-0 to Uganda Martyrs host UCU Lady Cardinals FC. The University side will be playing their first game this season having sat out last weekend.

Makerere University FC make a long trip to Masindi to face Lady Doves FC who lost to Olila High School while Uganda Martyrs visit new comers Asubo Gafford Ladies.

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