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FWSL: Kawempe Muslim, Lady Doves renew acquaintances in a highly anticipated thriller

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Sinan RAJUB SENOGA 

The FUFA Women Super League semi finals will take center stage on Monday morning with Kawempe Muslim taking on rivals Lady Doves in the 9am kick off.

Kawempe, winners of Group 1 with nine points will renew their rivalry with Masindi based outfit Lady Doves who finished second in Group 2 with eight points.

Kawempe will be boosted by the timely return of star striker Juliet Nalukenge who has recently completed her S6 exams. Nalukenge missed the club’s last two games but was ably replaced by 15-year old Allen Nassazi who has scored three goals so far.

Lady Doves will continue to look up to the tournament’s leading scorer Fazila Ikwaput who has scored seven of the eight goals the team has managed so far. Goalkeeper Daisy Nakaziro was on top of her game during the club’s goalless draw with She Corporates, she will be expected to be key if Lady Doves are to book a place in the final.

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The two sides have previously faced off in three competitive games since Lady Doves earned promotion to the topflight in 2018. The first ever meeting ended 1-1 in Masindi with veteran forward Winnie Babirye scoring for the home side while Nalukenge netted for the school side.

The second meeting saw Lady Doves become the second team to beat Kawempe at home (after Asubo Gafford Ladies) as Babirye struck a 90th minute winner.

The most recent fixture was in February last year as Kawempe triumphed with a comprehensive 4-1 victory at the school valley playground. Sharon Nadunga, Shamirah Nalugya, Marget Kunihira and Anitah Namata scored for Kawempe while Kenyan import Mary Nafula’s goal turned out to be a mere consolation for the Doves.

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Prior to the ongoing tournament, the sides faced off in a practice match that ended 3-2 in favour of Lady Doves.

The second semi-final between Group 2 winners UCU Lady Cardinals and Group 1 runners Uganda Martyrs High School Lubaga will be played at noon.

UCU won Group 2 with nine points while Uganda Martyrs finished second behind Kawempe with the same number of points.

The encounter will be a repeat of the 2017 semi final that saw UCU win 2-1 in a game played at Lugogo.

The final will be played on Wednesday with the eventual winners representing Uganda in the CECAFA Zonal Qualifiers for the inaugural edition of CAF Women’s Champions League.

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Semi Final
• Kawempe Muslim vs Lady Doves – 9:00am
• UCU Lady Cardinals vs Uganda Martyrs HS – 12:00pm

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