By Joel Muhumuza
Spirits were high at the Uganda Christian University (UCU) today, October 06, as the Cardinals topped Nkumba 2-0 to qualify for the semi-finals of the Pepsi University League. The defending champions beat the Entebbe-based varsity during a home game played at the UCU main football pitch.
An early goal by Isaac Ofoyirwoth set the pace for the Cardinals when he redirected a free kick that rolled off the goalkeeper. The fans wildly celebrated this early goal.
The Cardinals went ahead through David Mbalaga to net a penalty that sent the Nkumba goalkeeper stretching like rubber to no avail.
“The win really means a lot to me, to the team and the entire university, and I thank God for it,” said Jimmy Mwera, the head coach of the UCU Cardinals, who was beside himself with joy after such a remarkable victory.
Suleiman Mbosa, the Nkumba University team head coach, says that the results were not what they hoped for, but they will go back to the drawing board and come back much stronger.
Godfrey Gaganga, the team captain for the UCU, pointed out that the preparation for this game was crucial, and it all comes back to teamwork and prayer. “
Despite our best efforts and undying confidence, we could not afford to lose at home.”
The Cardinals scored a third goal which was cancelled out by the offside call. But this did not prevent them from booking their spot in the semis.