June Review: Cup champions crowned in Uganda and Gambia

UCU Lady Cardinals
UCU Lady Cardinals clinch first ever silverware. Photo: FUFA Media.

It was a tale of two contrasting Cup finals in two of the most promising nations in the continent.

Uganda’s UCU Lady Cardinals picked their first ever silverware while Interior FC extended their Cup dominance in Gambia.

Kenya playmaker Moureen Kivanduori captained UCU to a 2-0 win over She Corporates on Saturday, 23 June, in the 2018 FUFA Women’s Cup final.

UCU took the lead in the 52nd minute courtesy of Mercy Nabulobi’s well-placed free-kick from 30 yards out.

Hasifa Nassuna then finished off Jackie Nakasi’s inch-perfect through ball to bury the match in the 83rd minute.

Kinavudori was named the Cup’s MVP while Ruth Aturo, UCU’s and Uganda WNT’s first choice goalkeeper, picked the golden glove.

The golden boot went to Bugiri Town View’s striker Sharuwa Nakayima who topped the goal-scoring chart with four goals.

Olila, who won the inaugural title, wrapped up the season empty-handed following their elimination in the semi-finals by the eventual winners UCU.

Rivals clash
Gambia's Interior FC
Interior FC clinch third successive FA Cup. Photo: GFF Media

Earlier on Friday, Interior FC beat bitter rivals Red Scorpions 4-3 on penalties to grab their third successive title.

Gambia WNT’s skipper Penda Bah came closest to breaking the deadlock, netting from close range in the 83rd minute only to be ruled offside.

Two minutes later, Red Scorpions were reduced to 10 when Awa Tamba collected her second yellow for a late challenge on Caetherine Jatta.

But Interior failed to utilise their numbers advantage to net a late winner, sending the match to penalties.

Interior’s custodian Aminata Gaye carried the day, making two spectacular saves to deny Kumba Kuyateh and Fatou Fatty and reigning league champions Red Scorpions the double.

Champions Interior pocketed D100,000 (approx. $2,100) while runners-up Red Scorpions took home D75,000 (approx. 1,600).

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