2017 FUFA Women Cup:
- Final: Gafford Ladies 1 (1)-1 (3) Olila High School
On yet another historic day in Uganda’s football, the first ever Women Cup was successfully concluded at the Madibira Primary School playground in Busia, Eastern Uganda.
Olila High School, a top flight side from Soroti became the first club to lift the title after overcoming Gafford Ladies 3-1 on post-match penalties (after normal time had ended 1-1) on Sunday.
Another FUFA Women Elite League club, Gafford Ladies from Kyebando, a Kampala city suburb took the early lead on 36 minutes from defender Evelyn Kakayi.
Cissy Nantongo replied for Olila with a well converted penalty in the 54th minute.
The penalty had been awarded by referee Anna Akoyi after Gafford Ladies’ goalkeeper Elsie Najjemba illegally brought down the reigning FUFA Women Elite League MVP Fazilah Ikwaput inside the 18 yards area.
When normal time had ended one goal apiece, penalties were to decide the winner.
Cissy Nantumbwe, Norah Alupo and Siporosa were on target for Olila.
Lydia Namutebi was the only player that scored for Gafford Ladies on the red letter day for women football in the country.
Prize Money and accolades:
Champions Olila bagged Shs3M cash and gold medals with the runners up taking home silver and Shs2M.
Olila had the lion’s share of individual accolades, claiming the MVP, top scorer, best goalkeeper and coach awards.
Immensely skilled midfielder Ritah Nabbosa was voted Most Valuable Player.
Winger cum striker Fazilah Ikwaput, recently voted as the best overall player in the league finished with 5 goals to topple the rest of the net busters.
Vanessa Edith Karungi’s heroics in the semis and finals against UCU and Gafford Ladies respectively no doubt earned her the best goalie accolade.
Saddam Cifu Mpande, head tactician at Olila was named the coach of the tournament.
Meanwhile, Entebbe based Taggy High School, a non women elite league club took the fair play award.
Media personalities recognized:
Solomon Ssaka (Innerman Radio), Fred Mwambu (Futaa) and Makhtum Muziransa (Daily Monitor) excelled for their exceptional time and services devoted towards promoting this tournament on radio, online and print forums respectively.
The tournament is among the competitions organized by the FUFA Competitions Department.
The others are FUFA Uganda Cup (Men – since 1971), FUFA Big League (since 2010) and FUFA Women Elite League (played since 2015).
Team Line ups:
Gafford Ladies XI: Elsie Najjemba (G.K), Josephine Nakyewa, Lydia Namutebi, Florence Nakalule, Hajara Nassuna, Gertrude Karungi, Sandra Nantumbwe,Lilian Veronica, Shakira Mutibwa, Monica Namwase
Olila High XI: Vanessa Edith Karungi (G.K), Gillian Akandida, Marion Amangat,Ariong Eunice,Wilmer Nantumbwe,Illamai Magdalene, Sharon Achieng, Cissy Nantongo, Fazirah Ikwaput, Ritah Nabossa
- Most Valuable player– Ritah Nabossa (Olila)
- Top scorer– Fazilah Ikwaput (Olila – 5 goals)
- Best Goalkeeper– Vanessa Karungi (Olila)
- Best Coach – Saddam Cifu Mpande (Olila)
- Fair Play Award-Taggy High School
- Radio– Solomon Ssaka (Innerman FM)
- Print -Makhtum Muziransa (Daily Monitor)
- Online– Fred Mwambu(Futaa.com)