“Attack wins you games, defence wins you titles,” is a one of legendary Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s famous quotes.
But at the Startimes Stadium yesterday, Ezra Kaye Kizito made a strong case of how goals can win you a title with a brace to guide UCU to their first Pepsi University Football League (UFL) title.
The goals pushed his tally to 14 goals from nine games having missed the opening two games.
More importantly however, it gave them a 2-1 win over St Lawrence University in what was the first finals appearance for both teams.
His first goal saw him squeeze a shot past St Lawrence goalkeeper Musa Gita at his near post to settle UCU nerves early on.
Like he had shown throughout the season the St Lawrence defenders were having a hard time containing him and he had a shot saved by Gita while he had a volleyed effort ruled out for offside.
He then punished the goalkeeper’s hesitancy with another hard left footed drive to double UCU’s advantage.
“We chose our moments well in the game but overall we prepared better this season and emphasized teamwork,” UCU coach Jimmy Kintu said of his side’s victory.
St Lawrence remained patient though and while they lacked a cutting edge finally got a goal their buildup deserved with Missi Ssemugera toe-poking home.
UCU though held on with goalkeeper Derrick Were firm while Ronald Gagganga and Eric Wadribo also impressed for the UCU side that had never gone past the quarterfinal stage before.
Winners since 2012
2019 - UCU
2018 – Kyambogo
2017 – Uganda Martyrs, Nkozi
2016 – Kampala University
2015 – MUBS
2014 – MUBS
2013 – Kampala University
2012 – Makerere University