Talented Plat form players celebrate on the with the overall trophy Credit: KAWOWO SPORTS

2018 Sseninde Women development cup:

  • Finals: Talented plat form 1-0 Mukono Community
[/media-credit] Talented Plat form players celebrate on the with the overall trophy Credit: KAWOWO SPORTS

For the third year running, the Sseninde women development tournament was successfully organized in Uganda.

Luwero based Talented Plat form had the last, loudest and broadest smiled when they picked the overall winners gold medals and trophy from the chief guest, Lydia Nsekera, a Burundian strong iron lady who seats on the FIFA council as well as the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

By the close of business for the day long championship held at Star Times stadium on Friday, 17th August 2018, Talented Plat form were the victors, winning 1-0 against a resilient Mukono Community outfit.

Jovia Nakagola scored the price-less and precious strike for Talented Plat form.

This tournament was started in 2016 with the main objective of granting players who never feature in the FUFA Women Elite league an opportunity to play football.

The chief brain behind this event, Jean Sseninde, a Uganda Crested Cranes player was overwhelmed by the aggression and passion of the young girls, the sponsors’ response as well as the special guests who sacrificed their precious time to attend the event.

I thank everyone who has participated in a way. From the players, coaches, team leaders, sponsors, media and all the guests who have been around, I thank you in a special way. This tournament was started to give a plat form to the young girls who do not get a chance to play in the FUFA Women Elite league and other tournaments. I so glad for its growth

[/media-credit] Jean Sseninde the chief brain behind the Sseninde women development cup Credit: © Kawowo Sports | DAVID ISABIRYE

Teams and format of play:

There were eight teams that featured in this tournament.

These included; Talented platform (Luweero), Senyomo (Kikyusa), Masaka based Divine girls, Mukono community, Kisubi Mapeera (Entebbe), Development girls (Gayaza), Gayaza girls and Fort Portal based Western Panther.

The eight teams were divided in two groups as they played the famous round robin format with the two top qualifying for the semi-finals and eventual finals.

After the group stages, Mukono community and champions Talented Platform emerged the best out of group B.

Entebbe road based Kisubi Mapeera and Gayaza girls’ teams qualified from group A.

Talented Plat form overcame Kisubi Mapeera in nerve cracking fashion 1-0 to qualify for the finals, the same result that Mukono Community needed to outwit Gayaza in the other semi-final contest.

Exciting new talents in women football were once again showcased during the 2018 Sseninde women development tournament Credit: Sseninde Foundation
[/media-credit] Young unexposed girls once again got that chance to play football through the Sseninde women development cup Credit: KAWOWO SPORTS

Individual top performers rewarded:

There were a number of accolades to the exceling individual players. Kisubi Mapeera’s Anitah Babirye was best goalkeeper.

Moureen Nakunga (Talented platform) was best defender, Kevin Nazziwa from Divine girls was best midfielder, Development girl’s Stellah Nangendo was the youngest exciting player and Jovia Namagero emerged as top scorer.

Meanwhile, the top most valuable player was Brenda Mungana.

[/media-credit] FUFA CEO rewards Kevin Nazziwa for her toil as bet midfielder Credit: KAWOWO SPORTS

Big enviable guest list:

In attendance at the championship were high profile international and home based guests.

FIFA Council member Lydia Nsekera represented the chief guest, CAF President Ahmad Ahmad.

There was a delegation from Nigeria led by the country’s sports minister.

The local guests’ legion had the State minister for sports, Charles Bakabulindi, FUFA President Moses Magogo, FUFA Chief Executive Officer, Edgar Watson, Member of Parliament and State minister for primary education Rose Mary Sseninde (mother to Jean Sseninde), music diva Cindy Sanyu, women football advocates and coaches, media among others.

L-R: FUFA President Moses Magogo, IOC board member and FIFA Council member Lydia Nsekera with Uganda Olympic Committee president William Blick at Lugogo Credit: UOC
[/media-credit] State minister of Sports Charles Bakabulindi with his closing remarks. He thanks the parents of Jean Sseninde for the support and courage granted to their daughter Credit: KAWOWO SPORTS

In her address, Nsekera, a former Burundia Football Association president who also owns a top flight football club in Burundi (Lydia Ludic), saluted the chief brain behind this tourney as well as the pushing elements behind it.

The opportunity granted to young girls to play football through the Sseninde women development tournament is a special gesture. I thank Jean Sseninde for this brilliant idea. I also thank all those who have supported this tournament in any way possible. Keep the flag high and flying

[/media-credit] Some of the guests inspect the two finalists before kick off Credit: Sseninde Foundation

Sponsors and partners:

From Sseninde Foundation who were the main sponsors, the tournament also managed to spread wings to a shirt sponsor – SocaLoca, a UK based a mobile App used as a Grass roots development too.

Others were Post Bank, Hardware world, Paka sports, Fare network, La cedri (Bureua De change), Posh Junction, Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Football Club. The latter provided the Star Times playing field free of charge.

In 2016, Taggy High School from Entebbe won the inaugural championship held at Villa Park in Nsambya.

Last year’s championship was scooped by Mwonda Foundation, a girls’ team from Iganga district in Eastern Uganda.

Tagy high school Entebbe and Mwandah Foundation from Iganga are the 2016 and 2017 winners.

Juliet Nalukenge, a member for the current Uganda Crested Cranes team is one vivid example among others, a product from this championship, who featured in the inaugural championship.

Other players have been assimilated in the top tier women clubs and others have landed bursaries in primary, secondary and tertiary educational institutions.

[/media-credit] Masaka based Divine Stars Credit: KAWOWO SPORTS

Individual Top Performers:

  • Best goalkeeper: Anitah Babirye (Kisubi Mapeera)
  • Best Defender: Moureen Nakunga (Talented platform)
  • Best midfielder: Kevin Nazziwa (Divine Girls)
  • Exciting Youngest player: Stellah Nangendo (Development girls, Gayaza)
  • Top scorer: Jovia Namagero
  • Most Valuable Player: Brenda Mungana (Gayaza)

All Results:

Group Stages:

  • Talented Plat form 4-0 Kide Ssenyomo
  • Divine Girls 3-0 Western Panthers
  • Kisubi Mapeera 0-0 Mukono Community
  • Kisubi Mapeera 1-1 Gayaza
  • Divine Girls 1-0 Western Panthers
  • Development Girls 0-1 Gayaza
  • Mukono Community 0-0 Talented
  • Kide Ssenyomo 0-2 Gayaza
  • Development Girls 0-1 Kisubi Mapeera
  • Divine Girls 1-1 Talented Plat form

Semi-finals:

  • Kisubi Mapeera 0-1 Talented Plat form
  • Gayaza 0-1 Mukono Community

Finals:

  • Talented Plat form 1-0 Mukono Community

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

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