Soana Junior Team players with their medals before receiving the trophy Credit: Kawowo Sports

2016/17 FUFA Junior League Final:

  • KCCA Soccer Academy 0 (2) – 0 (4) Soana Junior Team
Soana Junior Team celebrates with their trophy handed over by the FUFA 1st Vice President Justus Mugisha Credit: Kawowo Sports

Upon guiding Soana Junior Team to the 2016/17 FUFA U-17 Juniors league crown, head coach Jimmy Kintu has saluted the efforts of all the players and the club management.

In an interview with Kawowo Sports, Kintu hailed the character, fighting spirit, positive attitude and determination of his team throughout the season.

When the season was starting, we had a slow start. We did not give up. I want to thank the players for the job well done.

Similarly, I appreciate every effort by management to ensure that the team is in place and finally to FUFA and FIFA for the initiative of having junior teams in place which is good for the development of football in this country.

[/media-credit] Soana’s Aaron Kyeyune Asiire (shirt 5) heads the ball during the final against KCCA Soccer Academy played at the Kakindu Stadium in Jinja Credit: Kawowo Sports

Ivan Ssekide, Wilber Kabwama, Solomon Maiso and second half substitute Emma Kizza were on target for Soana Junior Team in the tense shootout.

Ivan Eriga and Denis Kato scored KCCA Soccer Academy’s opening two goals.

Captain Francis Jurua faltered before star striker Sadat Anaku missed the other following fine saves by the goalkeeper Sulaiman Kimbugwe who had been an outfield player during normal play but went to the goal posts in the shoot outs.

KCCA Soccer Academy’s captain Jurua  had missed an 87th minute penalty that would have killed off the game in the closing stages.

Anaku finished as the overall top scorer with 29 goals.

Kintu hinted out on the contribution of some of the outstanding players upon which his team was built.

Players as Wilber Kabwama the captain, Ismail Hakim Damulira, Reagan Mpande and Joel Ivan Okello have been instrumental in our success as well as the others generally as a team.

They are young, passionate and always willing to learn.

I will look forward strengthening the team with more young and exciting players for next season.

[/media-credit] KCCA Soccer Academy’s Gerald Kawooya battles Soccer Soccer Academy’s Moses Lumala in the final Credit: Kawowo Sports

Soana Junior Team overcame KCCA Soccer Academy 4-2 in a tense penalty shoot out of the final played on a soggy Kakindu play ground in Jinja.

The winners were crowned with a trophy and gold medals. The runners up got silver medals.

There were a couple of individual accolades given to outstanding players and media personalities.

KCCA Soccer Academy’s Anaku was top scorer in Treble group and overall with a massive 29 goals.

Fred Massa of Kirinya-Jinja S.S Junior Team was top scorer with 20 goals in Hat-trick group.

Soana Soccer Academy’s Jamil Bukenya won the golden gloves as best goalkeeper of the tournament.

Exciting Ivan Asaba of KCCA Soccer Academy was voted as the Most Valuable Player of the entire league.

[/media-credit] The trained young referees who handled the final and the rest of the FUFA Juniors league. FIFA in conjunction with FUFA trained the referees. Kenneth Kasadha (second from right) handled the final. He was assisted by Josephine Nassozi and Razak Mukisa (with flags). FIFA facilitated for the training of over 40 referees from all regions of the country who specifically handled this U-17 league Credit:

FIFA’s Help:

FIFA bank rolled the Juniors league with balls, playing jerseys, shin guards, sockings, boots and money (transport) to every team.

Each of the 16 head coaches of the Junior side have been also getting a monthly remuneration on top of monies reserved for training Junior referees who handled all the matches of this league.

FIFA also financed the mandatory MRI tests to help ascertain the true ages of the players fielded.

The league was started in 2015 with KJT winning the maiden edition and Vipers Junior team winning the subsequent one.

Like last year, KCCA Soccer Academy once again lost in the final to Vipers 5-4 after a goal-less draw of the final that was played at Kawempe Muslim S.S play ground.

Last season, FUFA made it a prerequisite for all the clubs in the top flight to have a juniors team as a must to pass the club licensing procedure.

[/media-credit] Soana Junior Team starting line up in the final that faced KCCA Soccer Academy at Kakindu stadium in Jinja Credit: KAWOWO SPORTS

How the team Junior sides assembled:

Soana Junior Team XI:

Jamil Bukenya (G.K), Moses Wamala, Grace Kiwumulo, Aaron Kyeyune Asiire, Wilber Kabwama, Solomon Maiso, Ivan Ssekide, Sulaiman Kimbugwe, Ismail Hakim Damulira, Reagan Mpande, Joel Ivan Okello

Subs:

Emma Sserujogi (G.K), Emma Kizza, Gadafi Ssenyonga, Jonathan Kisanyuzi, Jonathan Kawule, Joel Lukanda, Jovan Mbabazi, Rogers Mbaziira

[/media-credit] KCCA Soccer Academy XI against Soana Junior Team in the final at Kakindu Stadium in Jinja Credit: KAWOWO SPORTS

KCCA Soccer Academy XI:

Goram Nsubuga, Innocent Biyika, Ivan Eriya, Denis Kato, Reagan Kasumba, Francis Jurua, Ivan Asaba, Issa Ochama, Sadat Anaku, Timothy Odongo, Gerald Kawooya

Subs: Michael Lutaaya (G.K), Anthony Emojong, Yusuf Yahaya, Ismail Wasswa, Ibrahim Lubwama, Musa Jjungu

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

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