MBALE- Defending champions Gaddafi Integrated and giants Kawempe Muslim needed to grind out victories to make the girls’ football quarterfinals at the Fresh Dairy Secondary School Ball Games in Mbale yesterday.
First Gaddafi edged St Peter’s High School from Hoima with a solitary goal at the Municipal Stadium.
Sophia Nakiyingi tucked away a penalty in the 55th minute for her fifth goal to get the victory over their opponents who had only 11 players.
“Whenever you’re a defending champion, people prepare for you,” Gaddafi’s coach Rajab Buyinza said after a post-match pep talk with his girls.
“We missed about 10 chances but didn’t score but when the set piece came, we used it,” he said. Familiarity also bred contempt as Gaddafi has four former players in St Peter’s side like Alice Nangobi and also, the two sides contribute players to the She Maroons team in the Kampala Regional League.
But St Peter’s were undone by the numbers. “Most of our key players were disqualified,” said striker Patricia Aturinda who had played as a right-back. Gaddafi still has a task ahead as they face Mukono Bishops in the last eight. Bishops eliminated Restore Academy with a 2-1 win thanks to a brace from goals from Ashifat Naluggwa and Jane Nantongo.
“If God wishes, we can defend the title. We came here and want to win but God must have written something as well,” added Buyinza.
Meanwhile, Gaddafi’s nemesis Kawempe as well made it to the quarterfinals with a 1-0 win over familiar opponents Olila High School in the afternoon.
Crested Cranes’ forward Juliet Nalukenge struck after 15 minutes for her seventh goal of the tournament to give Kawempe the win and will now face Buhobe SS.
“We should have scored four goals but we wasted chances. We want to be at the East Africa Games,” remarked Nalukenge with sweat all over her face.
“Olila beat us 2-0 in the Fufa Women’s Cup and I had come here for revenge,” stated Kawempe coach Ayub Khalifa.
“The hardest part was the last 16. The game was a bit tricky but the quarterfinal is a bit easier on paper even if we are yet to play it. I am aiming for the final,” he added.
Elsewhere, Mukono High who boast of top scorer Fauzia Najjemba meet Pride Mixed. Mukono defeated Taggy High School 3-0 with a brace from Najjemba and Margaret Nakigozi’s effort.
FRESH DAIRY SEC SCH GAMES
Selected Results - Girls Soccer
Gadhaffi 1-0 St Peter’s Hoima
Mukono B 2-1 Restore Academy
Mukono 3-0 Taggy High Sch
Uganda M 3-0 Dynamic SS
Pride Mixed 2-0 Rines SS
St Noa 0-0 Katuuso
(St Noa won 5-4 on penalties)