KAMPALA. Uganda Christian University (UCU) Lady Cardinals are keen to avoid the disappointment of last season that saw them fail to make the playoffs of the Fufa Women Elite League (FWEL).
Their season was saved by triumph in the Fufa Women Cup but coach Peter Ssebulime, is aware his squad will be judged by what they do or fail to do in the league.
UCU are fourth, level on 12 points with Uganda Martyrs High School and Olila High School. Kampala Queens head the Elizabeth Group log with just two more.
“I honestly like the look of the table,” Ssebulime, whose side will today host seventh placed Lango Queens that held them to a 1-all draw in Lira during the first round, told SCORE.
“Whenever things are tight, it is easier for good teams to come out on top,” he added.
So why are they in such tight spot? “We have had issues with squad depth, operating with around 13 players for some games yet the university cannot recruit non-students.
Fortunately, the start of the second round has coincided with a new semester so we have signed more players,” Ssebulime, who also lost Yudaya Nakayenze to a scholarship at Seminole College in USA, said.
Meanwhile, in Victoria Group, unbeaten new entrants Lady Doves hope to keep to their first round form that saw them win three and drew four of seven games. They sit second with 13 points, six behind leaders Kawempe Muslim and three above She Corporate and Ajax Queens. Coach Olive Mbekeka has been missing in action since late December and there are worries she has left the club.
“I worked hard in December and decided to take leave. My technical bench continues to work with the players and I have been receiving my salary so there is no way one can say I left,” Mbekeka said. With about 12 new signings, Mbekeka’s task is to quickly blend them in with stars like Winnie Babirye, Gladys Nakitto and Rita Nabbosa among others.