FWEL: Kawempe Muslim Earn Hard Fought Win Against UCU Lady Cardinals

Kawempe Muslim secured a hard fought win against UCU Lady Cardinals

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UCU Lady Cardinals 1-2 Kawempe Muslim

If there was any game that was always going to be hard for defending champions Kawempe Muslim, clinic it was the clash against UCU Lady Cardinals.

And the pre-match hype lived to the billing as both sides put up a thrilling game with end to end action.

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Without influential midfielder Tracy Akiror, illness Kawempe seemed they would struggle in the middle of the pack but the combination of Apon Sharon and Esther Naluyimba filled the void especially in the opening 45 minutes.

Diminutive striker Juliet Nalukenge gave Kawempe the lead heading home Hasifah Nassuna’s cross from a corner kick in the 18th minute.

Nassuna’s long ball met Nalukenge unmarked in the 6 yard box planting a firm effort of the head into the top left corner and goalkeeper Cissy Nakiguba had no chance.

Nasunna, the reigning MVP almost doubled the lead at the half hour mark, with a well curled free kick but was denied by the post with the ball ricocheting off before clearance by Arao Patience.

Clumsy defending from UCU Cardinals defence gifted Kawempe with a second goal with midfielder Apon Sharon doubling the lead for the visitors.

A free kick from right back Viola Namuddu was met by an unmarked Apon on the far end and she headed home for Kawempe’s second goal.

However, the home side returned recharged in the second stanza and skipper Annet Kinavudori scored from a free kick four minutes after the hour mark.

UCU continued surging upfront for the equaliser pilling pressure on Kawempe but the defending champions held on to claim maximum points.

The result means, Kawempe maintain lead in the Elizabeth group on nine points while UCU Lady Cardinals remain in second spot on six points same as third placed Muteesa I Royal university.

UCU starting XI: Cissy Nakigumba, Raham Namugenye (46’Mercy Nabulobi), Phoebe Banura, Arao Patience (46′ Mable Kareji Bai), Annet Nakirijja, Adams Kemisa, Esther Kadondi, Moreen Kinavudori, Jackie Nakasi, Sanya Babirye, Elizabeth Nakigozi (68′ Grace Kabananuzi)

Kawempe Muslim: Ruth Aturo, Viola Namuddu, Adroru Moreen (85′ Rehema Adubango), Mariam Nakabugo, Yudaya Nakayenze, Esther Naluyimba, Anita Namata (79′ Aluka Grace),Apon Sharon(62′ Nambatya Favour), Juliet Nalukenge, Hasifa Nassuna, Sharon Naddunga

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