Olila High School became the first club to win the Fufa Women Cup when they beat Gafford 3-1 on penalties after a 1-all draw in regulation time at Madibira Grounds - Busia yesterday.
Olila's goalkeeper Vanessa Karungi's frame was as ever intimidating as she saved one from Gafford captain Shakira Mutibwa and ensured Sandra Nantumbwe and Sophia Annick put theirs wide.
In the semi-finals, the goalkeeper of the tournament saved thrice against Uganda Christian University (UCU) Lady Cardinals for a 2-1 win.
Fazirah Ikwaput, Cissy Nantongo and Siporosa Amoding
Throughout regulation time, both teams hugely relied on the pace of their forwards - Ikwaput and Norah Alupo for Olila, Lillian Veronica and Monica Namwase for Gafford - for a breakthrough.
However, it was Gafford that got the opener against the run of play scoring when Evalyne Kakayi connected with Veronica's brush on Getrude Karungi's freekick in the 39th minute.
Olila were repaid for being relentless when an on-rushing Ikwaput, played in by midfielder Riticia Nabbosa, was fouled in the penalty box by Elsie Najjemba.
Nantongo made no mistake as she sent the keeper the wrong way for the leveller. It was at this point that majority of an hitherto silent Busia crowd showed they were backing the Soroti side.
Fufa Women Cup final result
MVP: Riticia Nabbosa (Olila)
Top Scorer: Fazirah Ikwaput (Olila)
Best Goalkeeper: Vanessa Karungi (Olila)
Best Coach: Saddam Pande (Olila)
Fair Play: Taggy High School
Print: Makhtum Muziransa (Daily Monitor)
Radio: Solomon Ssaka (Innerman Radio)
Online: Fred Mwambu (Futaa.com)
Olila’s Road to Busia
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Round of Last 16
Olila 4-0 Alleluya
Taggy High 0-1 Olila
UCU 2(1)-2(2) Olila