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FWSL: First round wraps up with Uganda Martyrs on the chase as Kampala Queens continue on top

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The first round of the 2022/23 season of the FUFA Women Super League was wrapped up with 16 goals in five games with three yielding four goals each and same scoreline of 3-1.

The weekend started off with high scoring Uganda Martyrs paying a visit to fellow high school side Kawempe Muslim, a game that ended to hosts’ invincible status on home ground.

Immaculate Nakajjanko was the unsung hero on the day as she was on top of her game with a couple of blocks and key passes that contributed to Uganda Martyrs High School’s two first half goals that were scored by Lethal goal poacher Latifah Nakasi and youngster Brenda Munyana.

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A minute before the half time break, Kawempe Muslim who had a poor opening half had a golden chance to pull one back through Hadijah Nandago’s penalty after Patience Nabulobi brought her down in the area but it saved by Sharon Kaidu.

In the second half, Kawempe’s head coach Ayub Khalifa made made some changes bringing on Rhoda Nanziri and Forward Allen Nassazi to only  spark off the attack.

Kawempe had good spells something that helped Shakira Nyinagahirwa pull one back for the hosts in the 51st minute after a good long ball from from midfielder Rhoda Nanziri an action that gave them at most hope of getting the equalizer and possibly a win

Unfortunately on the hosts, the Lubaga side knew what the three points would mean to them and held on incredibly well to secure the maximum points through a mishandled ball by Juliet Adeke after substitute Sumaya Nalumu free kick in the 86th minute.

This was a much wanted victory by Uganda Martyrs which sent them to nineteen points from in nine games and second on the log and eight behind first-placed Kampala Queens.

On the same day in Masindi, Lady Doves at the Katusabe grounds got back to winning ways with a 2-1 win against Uganda Christian University  Lady Cardinals courtesy of goals from Dorcus Kwikiriza and Olivia Babirye, UCU Lady Cardinals’ consolation goal was scored by Sharon Nadunga.

On Sunday the Queens of Soccer, Kampala Queens continued their impressive run as they moved to the Kabaka Kyabaggu and edged hosts Rines SS WFC  0-1 in a game that was interrupted by a heavy down power.

Kunihira Celebrating her goal against Rines SS WFC.

Hamza Lutalo’s charges scored their only goal in the opening half and it was netted by forward Margret Kunihira.

New league entrants Asubo Gafford ladies were hammered at home 1-3 by defending Champions She Corporate after goals by last season’s MVP Phionah Nabbumba, new summer signings Joan Ainembabazi and Cissy Nakate.

Anita Arinda taking on a player of Asubo Gafford. | 📸 Sports Lens

For Asubo Gafford Ladies their only goal was scored by on form Madinah Nakaayi.

In the last game of the match day, Olila High School WFC picked up their fourth win of the campaign as they won 3-1 against New league entrants Makerere University Women Football Club in Soroti.

The visitors only goal was scored by usual suspect  Daphne Nalubowa while Olila’s goals were scored by Cecilia Apiding, Dorcas Lwalisa and Daphne Apio.

This meant that the first round closed with only one team with a perfect record (100 percent record), collecting 27 points in nine games, holding onto a sixteen goal difference mark.

Both Ashiat Nalugya and Resty Nanziri continue to top the goal scorers chat with seven goals each however much they didn’t score a goal this weekend.

Resty Nanziri celebrating one of her goals. |📸 Sports lens

Asiat Nalugya talking to the media after the loss against Uganda Martyrs.

The league will resume on a date that will be communicated by the Federation of Uganda Football Association just like the second round fixture

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