KAMPALA: Friday 17th August will surely have a position reserved in the history books. An exceptional day that saw the Sseninde Foundation in partnership with various sponsors present the 3rd Edition of the Sseninde Women Development Football Cup.
As seen from the previous two editions, the tournament has continued to massively grow and provoke a lot of attention from the various masses of the crowd. This is something indeed that has not gone unnoticed.
In this year’s edition, the Sseninde Foundation was happy to team up seven sponsors along with whom the tournament was organized.
These included the Sports Fan Magazine, Posh Junction Saloon, Post Bank, SocaLoca, Kampala Capital City Authority Football Club (KCCA FC), Hardware World, PakaSports, LA-CEDRI (Bureau De Change) and of course Fare network.
These amazing sponsors ensured that the tournament not only appealed to the eye of fans but also turned out successful.
High Profile Clout:
The tournament was proud and happy to welcome the chief guest Lydia Nsekera. The former president of the Burundi Football Federation. She currently seats at the International Olympic Committee and a member of the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA). She is by far the most successful lady in African Football.
The other guests were Honorable Solomon Dalung who is the Nigerian Minister for Youth and Sports Development, the Ugandan State minister for sports honorable Charles Bakabulindi, the Fufa President Mr. Moses Magogo and Fufa C.E.O Mr. Edgar Watson.
The tournament also welcomed the Uganda National team coach Mr. Sebastian Desabre, the State Minister for Primary Education Honorable Rosemary Sseninde and Mr. Kizza Sseninde, lastly but not least, Cinderala Sanyu a.k.a Cindy, a Ugandan Dance-Hall music artist.
There were many guests including our mothers of the Sseninde Foundation and our fans that made the event one to remember.
On the Pitch:
The third edition of the tournament, just like the previous was held at the same venue. The StarTimes stadium in Lugogo home to Uganda Premier League side KCCA FC. The hosts that showed us a lot of hospitality.
Sticking to the norm, the tournament was to maintain a maximum of eight teams competing favorably for what was to be the holy grail.
These included amongst the following: Mukono Community, Talent Platform Academy Luwero, Kisubi Mapeera SS, Gayaza Women Football Club, Development Team, Kide Ssenyomo Development Women’s team, Divine Girls Team and lastly Western Panthers. These passionately competed for the ultimate trophy
Going by the amazing contest during the group stages, all the fans found it quite flamboyant and mouth-watering to watch the young girls selflessly give it their whole and playing for the badge. This knockout round however was indeed deemed as the business stage.
Kisubi Mapeera alongside Gayaza Women Football Club were the most nobly most impressive sides coming into the semi-finals. These were the favorites according to the many fans catching the games that day.
The biggest irony however was the fact that the two sides both managed to average a total of 7 points in their group A at the expense of both Development Team and Kide Ssenyomo that both made a single point.
However, the story was more or less the same in group B. leaders Mukono Community and Talent Platform Luwero led the group with a tie in points (5 points) with Divine Girls averaging the same points but getting knocked out on goal difference.
With group A proving less competitive, Mukono Community and Talent Platform Luwero, survivors from group B would go ahead to shock the audience.
The hotly contested semi-finals saw Mukono Community and Talent Platform Luwero make the finals at the expense of Gayaza Women Football Club and Kisubi Mapeera respectively. To many viewer’s surprise, the so-called underdogs fascinatingly made the finals.
The surprises were to still come. This time round, in greater dimensions. The most underrated side amongst them all, one that wasn’t fancied by many but just themselves. Talent Platform Luwero would go ahead to clinch the title.
They did this as a result of defeating their adversaries Mukono Community by a single goal scored by Nakagolo Jovia. That summed up a wonderful but humble tournament for this Luwero side.
We would like to thank all the volunteers who helped run the event smoothly, our sponsors , media houses and thanks to everyone who gave us their support .