Lady Doves Pause for a Photo- Photo Credit: FUFA

Uganda champions – Lady Doves have little reasons to grumble and return home with excitement after finishing third in the just concluded CAF Women Champions League zonal qualifiers in Nairobi, Kenya.

Central Bank of Ethiopia cut short their CAF champions league quest on Monday but they responded to that fall with a 2-1 downing of Tanzania heavy weights Simba Queens on Thursday to win bronze.

Spencer Nakachwa and goal hunter Fazila Ikwaput scored for the believers while Aisha Djafar found the consolation for Simba Queens two minutes to final whistle.

Silencing non believers

Few women football disciples rated the team from Masindi with high regard before they kicked a ball in Kenya but they have now exited the tournament without losing a game in normal time and conceded just twice in five outings and return home with their chests out and USD.10,000 rich.

“We are excited that we have emerged third in this tournament after defeating Simba Queens that has a lot of good players with vast experience,” head coach Fred Musime said after the win.

Musime added that: “This victory has motivated my players and it has equally impressed our club president – Julius Mugisha.”

“We have gained a lot of experience from this tournament. We shall return home and fix in the missing parts.”

Refusing to lie down

Lady Doves painfully lost 5-3 to CBE after kicks from the penalty mark following a one all stalemate after extra time with ambitious ones predicting the team to choke in the placement match given the weight of their Tanzania opponents.

However, the Uganda Women Super League champions had other ideas as they took a deserved lead and added a second before they conceded late on in the game.

Lady Doves Celebrating a Goal

“We never lost hope after losing the semi final to Central Bank of Ethiopia. We worked harder thereafter at least to win this bronze medal,” club captain Daisy Nakaziro revealed.

Gaining Experience

“It was our first time playing cross boarder clubs. We have gained a lot of experience nevertheless. We shall return home and right what did not go well so that we come back to this competition as a better team,” she added.

Sharp shooter Fazila Ikwaput found the net five times in this competition as goalkeeper Nakaziro raced away with the golden glove.

Champions

Brace hero Jentrix Shikangwa lifted her team shoulder high to the inaugural continental showpiece when her two goals guided Vihiga Queens to a 2-1 victory over CBE in the finals of the qualifiers.

Champions Vihiga Queens Celebrating

The Kenya side will now join seven other clubs in Egypt for the tournament that will be staged later this year.