Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC Crowned Champions in Dramatic FUFA Super League Finale

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Kawempe Muslim won 2023/24 FUFA Super League title.
Nabukenya and Nassaazi scored in 2-0 victory.
Nabukenya named MVP, top scorer with Namatovu.
Adeke awarded Best Goalkeeper; She Maroons won Fair Play.

Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC clinched the 2023/24 FUFA Super League title with a decisive 2-0 victory over Kampala Queens FC on the final day of the season. The triumph marked their fifth league title in history and their first since the league was renamed to the FUFA Women Super League in 2019.

A Memorable Finale

Victory in Front of a Packed Crowd
The championship-deciding match, held at the Kawempe Muslim Valley Ground, drew an impressive crowd. Fans filled the stands, eager to witness the climax of a closely contested season. The atmosphere was electric as the home side took to the field, knowing that victory would secure the title.

Dominant Performance Despite Early Setbacks
The game began with Kampala Queens FC exerting pressure and dominating the early exchanges. Their efforts seemed to pay off when Hadijjah Babirye found the back of the net in the 15th minute, only for her goal to be ruled out for offside. The first half ended without any goals, despite both teams making strategic substitutions. Kawempe replaced Mary Kabaculeezi with Allen Nassaazi, while Kampala Queens had to substitute the injured Winfred Kwatulira with Asia Nakibuuka.

Second Half Surge

Nabukenya’s Brilliance
Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC emerged from the halftime break with renewed vigor. Their persistence paid off in the 67th minute when Agnes Nabukenya delivered a beautifully taken free kick, breaking the deadlock and sending the home fans into raptures. Nabukenya’s goal was a testament to her skill and composure under pressure.

Nassaazi Seals the Win
The hosts doubled their lead soon after. Substitute Allen Nassaazi justified her inclusion with a headed effort that beat Kampala Queens’ goalkeeper Daisy Nakaziro. This goal all but secured the title for Kawempe Muslim, as they managed to maintain their lead until the final whistle.

Celebrations and Recognition

Crowning Moment
The victory ensured that Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC finished the season with 40 points, four ahead of their closest rivals, Kampala Queens FC. FUFA EXCO Member Ronnie Kalema, who served as the guest of honor, oversaw the crowning ceremony. Other notable dignitaries in attendance included FUFA CEO Edgar Watson, FUFA Deputy CEO-Football Decolas Kiiza, Uganda Women Football Association (UWFA) Chairperson Margret Kubingi, and Crested Cranes coach Sheryl Botes.

Individual Accolades
The season’s end saw several Kawempe Muslim players receiving individual awards, underscoring their dominance:

Most Valuable Player (MVP): Agnes Nabukenya
Top Scorer: Shared by Agnes Nabukenya (Kawempe Muslim) and Sharon Namatovu (Makerere University WFC), each with 10 goals.
Best Goalkeeper: Juliet Adeke (Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC)
Fair Play Award: She Maroons FC
Nabukenya’s Dual Triumph
Agnes Nabukenya’s standout season was capped with dual honors. Her ability to influence games both in scoring and playmaking earned her the MVP award. Sharing the top scorer accolade further highlighted her critical role in Kawempe’s successful campaign.

Looking Ahead

Future Prospects
Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC’s latest triumph cements their status as a powerhouse in Ugandan women’s football. As they look ahead, maintaining their squad’s strength and addressing any areas for improvement will be crucial. The blend of experienced players like Nabukenya and emerging talents such as Nassaazi bodes well for their future endeavors.

Building on Success
For Kampala Queens FC, the defeat will serve as motivation to come back stronger next season. Their competitive spirit throughout the season and their performance in the final match indicate that they have the potential to challenge for the title again.

Key Moments

Hadijjah Babirye’s goal for Kampala Queens was ruled offside in the first half.
Agnes Nabukenya scored from a free kick in the 67th minute.
Allen Nassaazi doubled Kawempe’s lead with a header.
Winfred Kwatulira’s injury forced Kampala Queens to substitute her with Asia Nakibuuka.
Kawempe Muslim’s victory secured their fifth league title.

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