It will be a ladies’ affair in the second semi-final playoff of the FUFA Women Elite League as Kampala Queens’ Faridah Bulega takes on Oliver Mbekeka who is in charge of Masindi based side Lady Doves.
The two are coaches at the national team the Crested Cranes but this Thursday at StarTimes Stadium Lugogo, they will be separated by their desire to make their maiden final appearance.
Mbekeka will be eyeing a second final appearance of the season in a space of four days, she has already stormed the FUFA Women Cup final after eliminating She Corporate 4-3 on penalties on Sunday.
“We are not here by mistake, we prepared well before the start of the season and these are one of the fruits for good preparations,” Mbekeka told www.football-256.com, she added.
“Kampala Queens is a good team with a good coach but that will not stop us from achieving our goal.”
“Reaching the FUFA Women Cup finals motivated us very much and my players are ready to take on the responsibility and finish the task ahead of us,” Mbekeka noted.
Kampala Queens have been boasted by a camp at the FUFA Technical Center in Njeru and Bulega believes the preparations have been adequate enough to help them overcome Lady Doves.
“The players are in high spirits and we expect a win because we entered camp to add on something, we respect Lady Doves but we don’t fear them,” Bulega noted
“The respect we give them is that we have reached the same level but remember we are here for the second time and we are expecting a good game and a win in the end.”
• Lady Doves will be playing in the FUFA Women Elite League playoffs for the first time in their maiden top-flight season
• This will be the second consecutive time for Kampala Queens to be in the FUFA Women Elite League playoffs since their first season in 2016
• This will be the first meeting between the two sides in the league but their second in all competitions. They met this year in the FUFA Women Cup with Lady Doves progressing after a 3-0 win at Old Kampala
• Lady Doves are the only second team to reach the FUFA Women Elite League playoffs in their first season, the other is Uganda Martyrs who achieved it in the 2016/17 season
• Lilian Mutuuzo and Kenyan international Lilian Veronica are the top scorers of Kampala Queens and Lady Doves respectively this season