FUFA Women Elite League 2018/19 (Final)
UCU Lady Cardinals 2-0 Lady Doves
Uganda Christian University (UCU) Lady Cardinals were crowned 2018/2019 FUFA Women Elite League for the first time in history after defeating Lady Doves 2-0 in the final playoff at the StarTimes Stadium Lugogo on Sunday.
A goal in each half from midfielder Hassifa Nassuna and forward Maureen Kinavudori guided the Mukono based club to the maiden national league championship.
Nassuna gave UCU Lady Cardinals the lead in the 38th minute with well-taken free-kick that beat goalkeeper Daisy Nakaziro.
Lady Doves striker Akwero Miriam received two clear chances that would put her team on the level but her final efforts in a one-on-one situation ended in the safe hands of UCU Lady Cardinals goalkeeper Ruth Aturo.
In the second half, skipper Kinavudori had an opportunity to double the lead when she controlled the ball in inside the area before her shot went wide.
Nassuna would have been on spot with another well-curved free-kick on the edge of the box in the 75th minute however the ball was inches wide.
With 7 minutes to the end of the game, Kinavudori was picked by Jacqueline Nakasi from the left side and the skipper made no mistake to have her effort into the back of the net.
UCU Lady Cardinals forward Hassifa Nassuna was named the Most valuable player and the League top scorer received both awards with a prize of 1M UGX for each award.
Nakaziro Daisy of Lady Doves emerged the best goalkeeper, received an accolade and prize money of 1M UGX.
Champions UCU Lady Cardinals received prize money of 12M UGX while the runners-up Lady Doves a prize of 7M UGX. The third and four placed teams will also take home 5 and 2 Million shillings respectively
Kawempe Muslim Ladies Team won the fair play award with prize money of UGX 1M. They received only four yellow cards in the entire league.
UCU Lady Cardinals XI
Ruth Aturo (GK), Jawuhara Nabagala, Adam Kemisha, Annet Nakirijja, Mercy Nabuloobi, Phoebe Banura, Joan Kwagala, Teddy Najjuma, Jaqueline Nakasi, Hasifa Nassuna, and Maureen Kinavudori
Lady Doves XI
Nakaziro Daisy (GK), Birungi Adrine, Madam Christine, Nakito Gladys, Akello Nancy, Namakula Agnes, Nabbosa Riticia, Babirye Grace, Winnie , Martha Nalunkuma, Nuluh Nakyanzi, and Akwero Miriam
Champion: UCU Lady Cardinals – 12M UGX
Runners-up: Lady Doves – 7M UGX
MVP: Hassifa Nassuna (UCU Lady Cardinals) – 1M UGX
Top Scorer: Hassifa Nassuna 14 goals (UCU Lady Cardinals) – 1M UGX
Fair Play Award: Kawempe Muslim Ladies – 1M UGX
MAIN PHOTO: UCU Lady Cardinals players lifting the trophy of FWEL 2018/2019