The Lady Cardinals are proving to be a team capable of winning the FUFA Elite Women’s League this season, FRED HIDULA writes.
Phoebe Banura’s free kick gave the Lady Cardinals an early lead as they beat hosts Kampala Queens Women Football Club 1-3 at Villa Park on February 4.
The home side received a controversial penalty moments later which struck the post. However, they scored an equalizer just before half-time, dominating possession as well.
Skipper Maureen Kinavudori then drifted the ball from the right flank, passing the ball to Jackie Nakasi who taped it into the net. Substitute Lauren Wilkes on her first appearance made an assist for Nakasi ensuring that the latter scored a brace and her fourth goal of the season.
The visitors were the better team in the second half, but in vain. The win will ensure that the Lady Cardinals return to second place with 15 points, six points behind leaders Kawempe Muslim Secondary School, with a game in hand against Rines FC in Wakiso on February 19.
‘’ I told my players to stick to our game plan and it worked for us,” Tony Membe, the Lady Cardinals coach, said.
Nakasi, on the other hand, revealed that teamwork was fundamental to their win as they needed to return to winning ways.
“I also want to become top scorer in the league this season,” she said after the match.
Faridah Bulenga, Kampala Queens coach, praised her opponents saying they are a good side. “They play as a team and have individual good players like their captain Maureen Kinavudori,” she added.
Meanwhile Kawempe Muslim SS concluded the first round of the league by demolishing Western United 5-0 away in Mbarara to cement their place at the summit of the Elizabeth Group with 21 points, still unbeaten.