- Lady Doves, owned by Julius Mugisa, are the first newly promoted side to make the playoffs.
KAMPALA. Lady Doves are out to establish a new order in local women’s football.
They came from regional football, they have seen and are 180 minutes away from conquering an unprecedented league and cup double.
They have been a thorn in the flesh of every team but Fufa president Moses Magogo’s Kampala Queens (KQ) have been the most ‘tortured’.
Lady Doves ousted KQ from the Fufa Women Cup after a 3-0 win in the quarter finals. Then got a bye after semi-final opponents Olila High School failed to turn up in Masindi.
Coach Olive Mbekeka is as passionate and inspiring in the dugout as she was in her hey-days as Uganda’s lead striker.
“In the first round we drew many games but the players were getting used to me and my system but fortunately we are now winning,” she told SCORE recently.
The Crested Cranes fitness trainer understands that her team will be favourites in the Cup final against Makerere University on June 8.
But before that, her side must first tussle with Uganda Christian University (UCU) Lady Doves in the finals of the Fufa Women Elite League (FWEL) tomorrow at StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo.
Lady Doves, owned by Julius Mugisa, are the first newly promoted side to make the playoffs. The team is new in the league but relied on established stars like Daisy Nakaziro, Gladys Nakitto, Lillian Veronica, Winnie Babirye and Riticia Nabbosa to book their playoff spot from Victoria Group, just a point shy of four-time champions Kawempe Muslim.
In the playoffs on Thursday, they met KQ – a familiar foe coached by Faridah Bulega, also Crested Cranes coach, and beat them 1-0 courtesy of Nabbosa’s goal.
“They played better than they did in the Cup quarter finals but they lacked confidence,” Mbekeka said of her boss’ side.
“Now for us, all tribute must go to God and our club owner who has invested heavily in having this team. Since I was appointed at the start of the season, I have been based in Masindi plotting to get to these finals,” she added.
Mbekeka and her side have certainly over achieved but no one gets to the finals to lose. They play a UCU side that has for two seasons been flaunted as the side to beat in the league.
“Unless the sky comes down, we are more than certain now that this is one trophy in the bag. That is the only we can give back to our club owner.” Only time will tell.