World Cup


Hasifah Nassuna clocks record 100 goals

By Ian Asabo

UCU Lady Cardinals captain, Hasifah Nassuna reached a ‘century’ of goals

Hasifah Nassuna became the first player in Uganda Women’s league history to score 100 goals. Her brace against Tooro Queens at the UCU playground on Wednesday, May 05, 2022, was able to help her reach that tally. 

Nassuna has also been selected in the provisional squad to represent Uganda at the upcoming CECAFA Women’s Championship and African Women’s Cup of Nations (AFWCON), happening later this year.

Quick profile

Born: February 16, 1998

Parents: Annet Nakimbugwe and Abbas Mukiibi

Clubs: 2015-2017 (Kawempe Muslim)

League titles: (2015,2016, 2016/2017)

Goals: 60

2018 to date: UCU Lady Cardinals

League titles (2019)

Women cup

Goals: 40 

National team

CECAFA 2016- 6

COSAFA 2018- 2

Olympic Qualifiers- 1

CECAFA 2019- 3

COSAFA 2021- 2

‘Canons’ to face ‘Blazers’ in first ‘Power’ invitational tournament final

By Ian Asabo

The UCU Canons will face the Namugongo Blazers in the final of the first Betway Power invitational tournament final. They beat the Falcons 75-53 in the semi-final held at YMCA court in Wandegeya to book their ticket for the final game this coming Saturday (04 December), against the Blazers.

The Namugongo blazers, on the other hand, downed the UPDF Tomahawks 79-55 in a blowout win in the other semi-final that signaled their intent on winning their championship.

The UCU Canons are in sparkling form, which places the team as clear favourites for the final, which has seen them compete in two tournaments at the same time, and keep at 100% in all of their games.

They recently won the 3×3 Afro Varsity tournament held in Nairobi which guaranteed the team the chance to represent Africa in the World Cup in October 2022. The ‘Canons’ defeated the UPDF Tomahawks, Takan Lokeris, and the Falcons on their road to the final.

UCU Canons in action in the semi-finals. Photo/ Courtesy.

Team Captain and Forward Titus Lual predicts a very competitive encounter, but is very confident that the team will win the game and be crowned champions. “ The Final against the Blazers will be a very competitive game with both teams leaving it on the line, but I am very confident that the team will be able to get the dub”, he says.

Betway Power organized the tournament in order to remember the lives lost of those who were influential in developing the game during the pandemic.

Betway Power General Manager, Allan Musoke said the tournament is being held in honor of key stakeholders in the Uganda Basketball fraternity, such as Isaac Bagenda, who have, since, passed to glory. “We have lost many people in the basketball fraternity, so through this tournament, we want to honour them for their contribution to the sport”, he said.

The winner of the tournament will take home Shs2m, while the first and second runners up will pocket Shs 1.5m and Shs. 500,000, respectively. 

UCU Basketball bags gold at Afro-Varsity games

By Ian Asabo

The UCU Canons and Lady Canons won gold medals at the FISU Afro Varsity 3×3 games held at the United States International University in Nairobi, on Sunday. The Canons beat Ndejje University 21-8 in the final game.

“It was a really good experience for us despite the travel issues, but we went and proved that we are the best side and just can’t wait to represent Africa next fall”, said Canons captain Titus Luwal, in appreciation of the Teams’ efforts.

UCU emerged victorious in all its six matches, securing a ticket to the FISU University 3×3 World Cup games in Xiamen, China, from 20th to 23rd October 2022.

The Lady Canons were represented by Rose Akon, Priscilla Abbey, Shakirah Nanvubya and Nandutu Martha. They defeated ISEG of Senegal (20-12) in the final, winning the gold averaging 16.7 points.

Lady Canons player (blue) in action. Courtesy photo.

The Men’s team, Canons, were represented by Titus Luwal, David Deng Kongor, Fayed Bbaale and Rodgers Dauna. They defeated Ugandan counterparts and defending champions Ndejje University in the final, with a score of 21-8, averaging 20.3 points.

Selected scores

Men’s category

  • Uganda Christian University 21:2 University of Rwanda
  • Uganda Christian University 21:11 University of Zambia ( semi finals)
  • Uganda Christian University 21: 8 Ndejje University ( final)

Women’s Category

  • Uganda Christian University 17:10 United States International University Africa.
  • Uganda Christian University 16: 7 Makerere University ( semi finals)
  • Uganda Christian University 20:12 Superior d’ Entrepreneurship et de Gestion Senegal.