Nkata: UCU tie comes at the wrong time

Thursday February 7 2019

Wakiso lies in wait. Kawempe’s Tracy Akiror

Wakiso lies in wait. Kawempe’s Tracy Akiror displays the Lady Doves FC card during the Women’s Uganda Cup Round of sixteen draws at Fufa House, Mengo. Lady Doves FC will play Wakiso while Kawempe Muslim were drawn to challenge UCU. PHOTO by Ismail Kezaala 

By Makhtum Muziransa

Kampala. Uganda Christian University (UCU) Lady Cardinals striker Hasifah Nassuna, has always hoped for a chance to meet her former side Kawempe Muslim Ladies in the finals of the Fufa Women Elite League (FWEL).
But that game can only come later in May if both sides make the playoffs from their groups and advance to the finals.
Yesterday morning, the all-time league top scorer (with 76 goals) started to feel they could face off earlier. Then lo and behold, the Fufa Women Cup draw for the ‘Round of 32’ pitted the two sides against each other. The dates of the ties, drawn at Fufa House Mengo yesterday, are yet to be set but the league fixture show this weekend should have been dedicated to the Cup.
Kawempe has won the league four times on the bounce but has been kicked out of the first two editions of the Cup at the quarter final stage.
In 2017, Nassuna was part of that underwhelming Kawempe side that fell to Muteesa I Royal University but she led UCU to Cup triumph last season.
“I personally love to play against Kawempe and I think this tie couldn’t have come at a better time,” she told Daily Monitor.
Her former coach at Kawempe, Moses Nkata disagrees but she continues; “both sides are in good form and it is a chance for each of us to show how good we are.”
Since Nassuna and goalkeeper Ruth Aturo moved to UCU, the sides have avoided each other in the league and Cup but drew in a pre-season friendly in 2017 while the university side won, on penalties, in the inaugural Independence Cup last year.
“This is more like a final only that it has come early. But that is what it is and we can pick confidence from the fact that we are always prepared for these away games that come during the school term,” Kawempe’s assistant coach Nkata, said.
“When we fell to Muteesa, it was in the middle of Post Primary Games qualifiers while the loss to She Corporate (in 2018) was during the school holiday.
“But we have learnt our lessons and hope to add the Cup to our trophy cabin,” Nkata added.

Round of 32
UCU vs. Kawempe Muslim
Riness vs. Divine Girls
Mutesa I Royal vs. Lango Queens
She Corporate vs. Ajax Queens
Makerere vs. Town View
Isra vs. Kampala Queens
Uganda Martyrs vs. Watoto
Wakiso Hills vs. Lady Doves
Asubo Gafford vs. Luwero
Bunyaruguru vs. Western United
Kumi University vs. Echos High
Kamodi HS vs. Sagich Royal
Olila High vs. Amuria HS
Tooro Queens vs. Dynamic Jjeza
Divine Hope vs. Mwandha Foundation
Kawempe Jr. vs. Highland SS