Uganda Martyrs Women Football Club emerged winners of the TotalEnergies EP Uganda 2023 Buliisa Football Mini-League finals. The pulsating finals were played on Saturday at Ndandamire Primary School playground.
Uganda Martyrs Women FC beat Nyamukuta Women Football Club by 1-0 to win the pioneer women’s league trophy.
This is the first time Uganda Martyrs Women have participated and won the Mini-League, taking home the same cash prize of sh4m, as the winning goal was scored by Sheillar Tingira
For the men’s league Bugoigo Leopards FC beat Paraa Simba FC by 2-0 to win the trophy with the winning goals scored by Sony Odong and Kabon Living. Uganda Martyrs have been participating in the league since the first edition in 2013.
In addition to the cash prize for the winning team, additional prizes were awarded to;
- First Runner-up- Paraa Simba FC
- Second Runner-up- Nyamitete Simba FC
- Man of the Match (Finals) – Oscar Orochi, Boigogo Leopards
- Woman of the Match – Sheila Tingiria, Uganda Matyrs
- Best Goalkeeper – Kugonza Derick
- Best young talent – Kato Godfrey
- Most Disciplined Team – Nyamitete Simba FC
- Best player – Living Kabong
- Top scorer – Kabon Living
- Best Mid fielder – Onen Vivian
- Best Defender – Abedaka Walter
All teams and individual players also received certificates.
This year’s Mini-League attracted 96 football teams from all sub-counties in the Buliisa district. Twenty six of these were women’s teams competing for the first time in TotalEnergies EP Uganda’s annual Mini-League, which was organised in partnership with the Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) and the Buliisa District Football Association (DFA).
Speaking at the closing ceremony of the Mini-League, Mazen ABI-AZAR representing TotalEnergies EP Uganda said, ‘I congratulate all the teams, especially the finalists, on the great show of talent and sportsmanship,” We are committed to supporting you on this journey because promoting talent, youth inclusion, and development are some of our corporate social responsibility pillars. The level of sportsmanship exhibited by all the participants is commendable and we are particularly proud of the high level of talent in the sport showcased by the female teams,” he added.
He encouraged the football teams to start preparing for the next tournament, which is set to take place in 2024.
The League’s closing ceremony was officiated by Buliisa County Member of Parliament (MP), Allan Atugonza and attended by various local and district leaders including the Woman MP, Norah Bigirwa-Nyendwoha, Chief Administrative Officer, Erisu Peter EMWOS, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of FUFA, Kiiza Decolas and representatives from the Petroleum Authority of Uganda.