Entebbe Municipality MP Rose Mary Tumusiime hands over the trophy to Ajax Queens at Kiwafu play ground in Entebbe. Credit: FUFA Media

2017 Mama Becca Memorial Cup:

U-14 Final: Jinja Main Street Primary School 2-0 Taggy Girls School

U-19 Final: Mukono High School 1-0 Kawempe Muslim S.S

Open Category final: Ajax Queens 0(4) – 0 (2) Kawempe Muslim Women Club

Curtain Raiser: Uganda Crested Cranes Ex-Internationals 2-0 USPA Ladies

[/media-credit] Entebbe Municipality MP Rose Mary Tumusiime hands over the trophy to Ajax Queens at Kiwafu play ground in Entebbe.

The legacy of former women football advocate, Express and Uganda Cranes passionate supporter Rebecca Kazibwe, a.k.a Mama Becca continues to glow brightly, 9 years after her unfortunate demise.

From the mammoth crowd that gathered at the Kiwafu play ground in Entebbe Municipality to catch the closing day ceremony of the 5th edition of the annual championship, it is evident Mama Becca as she was fondly known across the divide was not only a powerful woman, but also cherished in equal measure.

Even before the final, a record over 3000 players from primary schools (U-14), secondary (U-19) and the open categories (clubs inclusive) took part in the national wide qualifiers.

Entebbe Municipality hosted the national finals that took two days (Saturday and Sunday) at four different venues – Katabi Gombolola, the green lull of Lake Victoria primar school, Nkumba University and Kiwafu play ground.

Excelling Teams:

Jinja Main Street primary school emerged champions  in the U-14 section.

This was after overcoming Taggy Girls 2-0 in the finals of the event where 30 teams took part.

Mukono High School were the secondary school winners, after edging Kawempe Muslim S.S 1-0 in a well contested final of the U-19 category.

In the open category, Ajax Queens won a tense penalty shoot out 4-2 over Kawempe Muslim after normal time had ended goal-less.

Addressing the gathering after the finals, guest of honour, Rose Mary Tumusiime appreciated the girl child who participates in football.

She urged women groups, politicians and Government to promote the sport of football among women.

“I was very surprised to see young girls play football more so like the boys. I am happy to watch talented players. I call upon the Government, special interest groups and local leaders to support them at all times,” Tumusiime noted in her address.

Ex-Crested Cranes internationals won over the Uganda Sports Press Association (USPA) Ladies 2-0 in the curtain raiser held before the main open category final.

Hadijah Namuyanja and the burly Erina Kalya scored for the Ex-Crested Cranes team.

Mariam Ssempijja and Slyvia Nalumu represented the family of the late Mama Becca.

They were given a special token of appreciation (financial) from FUFA in appreciation of the great work on behalf of the family.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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