USSSA Football: St Mary’s Kitende Clinch 10th Title

Final: St Mary’s Kitende 2-0 St Andrew Kaggwa – Gombe High

Third Place: Kibuli SS 3-0 Buddo SS

St Mary’s Kitende lived to the billing at the 2022 Uganda Secondary Schools Sports Association Boys football championship after overcoming debutants St Andrew Kaggwa- Gombe High School (2-0) in Friday’s final, played at a fully packed Barifa stadium in Arua.

First half strikes from Charles Lwanga and Elvis Ngonde lifted Vipers’ feeder side to the tenth championship.

The top three teams from the concluded championship qualified to represent Uganda at this year’s East Africa Secondary School Games (FEASSSA) in Tanzania.

Fans favorites – Gombe High, started the game brightly but most of their work was restricted to their half with Travis Mutyaba’s exciting dribbling skills being denied access to the opposition’s box.

Mutyaba, who missed Gombe’s semifinal victory over Buddo (2-0) due to injury, was substituted after the first stanza while lethal forward Oscar Mawa could not penetrate the forest of legs that surrounded him whenever he was in possession with the ball.

Ngonde silenced a mammoth of spectators after 11 minutes with a clinical tapping from close range before Lwanga benefited from a defensive mix to dink the ball over the goalkeeper for Kitende’s second after three minutes.

Nicknamed “Neymar”, Lwanga, who completed the tournament with seven goals to his name, could not hide his delight upon helping SMASK lift the second successive title.

“I’m so happy that I’ve helped my school win this title. The tournament didn’t start well for us but we’ve managed to make it. Despite starting the campaign on a low note in the first games, we finally managed to handle and we have made it. We beat our opponents with maturity because our team boosts of Uganda Premier League active players which has helped us a lot,” Lwanga said.

Winning coach Edward Golola thanked his boys for the discipline and character showed in overcoming tournament debutants.

“Gombe is not a easy team but my boys have showed a lot of discipline and character. They were motivated by the coaches and played under instructions, and knew that on reaching the finals, we have to fight hard and take the trophy,” Golola said.

After topping group A with 20 points from 8 games (6 wins and 2 draws), Kitende eliminated London College on the round of 16 (2-1) before beating Mukono Kings (4-0) and record champions Kibuli SS (3-1) on the quarters and semis respectively.

Gombe High coach Godfrey Kireewa Maato decried the mix in defense that saw them concede twice but felt happy with his boys’ spirited fight and attributed the defeat to Kitende’s experience.

“Our opponents got two moments and used them well but they’re more experienced than us. When you look at their team, they have been there for sometime and most of our players are new in this tournament,” said Kireewa.

Gombe didn’t lose at all after a clean sweep of awards at the 19th hole.

Oscar Mawa was named top scorer (11 goals) while Travis Mutyaba was tournament’s MVP with goalkeeper Safi Apangu taking the golden glove.

Standard High School- Zzana (STAHIZA) won the fair play award.

On winning the championship for the 10th time, Kitende is now one behind record winners Kibuli SS who have 11 in the trophy cabin.

St Mary’s Kitende, St Andrew Kaggwa Gombe High School and Kibuli SS will represent Uganda at the 2022 FEASSA games in Tanzania come September.

Individual Winners

Top scorer – Oscar Mawa (Gombe H/S) – 11 goals
Best Goalkeeper – Safi Apangu (Gombe H/S)
Fairplay award – Standard High Zzana
MVP – Travis Mutyaba (Gombe H/S)
Runner-up – Gombe H/S
Champions – St Mary’s Kitende

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