Tense: Kinavudori strikes but Lady Cardinals lose at home in thriller against Kawempe Muslim

Lady Cardinals’ Jackie Nakasi (R) reacts after missing a goal against Kawempe Muslim (Photo By Ronald Awany)

BY FRED HIDULA

After convincingly winning their two opening away-fixtures by beating Buikwe 2-0 and Western United 5-0, UCU Lady Canons were upset by defending champions Kawempe Muslim Secondary School, who defeated them 1-2, on November 26 at the new pitch.

Two first-half goals from Juliet Nalukenge and Sharon Apon sealed the visitor’s win, as they dominated ball possession, with the home side only managing one shot on target and fruitless attacks.

Coach Tony Membe’s side then came back fighting in the second half, enabling skipper Maureen Kinavudori to strike a stunning long range free kick that slipped away from the visitors’ custodian, salvaging a consolation for her team and earning Kinavudori her fourth goal in two games.

The home side continued to press on but was unable to score another goal. Kawempe  Muslim is now on top of Group Elizabeth with nine points, and the Lady Cardinals trail them by three points.

Coach Membe said that not playing under instruction cost his side “defensive mistakes, but we need to work on the psychology of our players as well,” he said.

“The team also played a talented side that are the defending champions, and it is not the end of the road for us,” he added.

Kawempe’s Hasifah Nasuna told The Standard, “We played well overall but our second half was poor.’’

The Lady Canons this time round played without Mable Kareji on the starting line-up, and winger Elle Arnold.

They, however, still have ample time to strategise again and get back to winning ways, since they have only played three out of 14 league games.

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