Lady Doves will go all out to defend their crown as the 2021/22 season of the FUFA Women Super League kicks off.
The Masindi-based side beat UCU Lady Cardinals 2-1 in May last year at Njeru in the finals – Fazila Ikwaput scored a late winner after UCU’s Sandra Kisakye had cancelled Elizabeth Nakigozi’s opener.
It was sweet revenge for Lady Doves who were beaten by UCU in the previous final.
But the 2021 final was sweeter, as it earned Lady Doves a ticket to the Zonal Qualifiers of the inaugural CAF Women Champions League.
Despite missing out on the only available slot to the Champions League finals, Lady Doves defeated Simba Queens of Tanzania 2-1 thanks to goals by Spencer Nakacwa and Ikwaput to finish third in the qualifiers held in Kenya.
Ikwaput will be Lady Doves player to watch in the new season after clinching last season’s golden boot with eight goals.
Speaking about the team’s preparations, Lady Doves coach Rajab Buyinza told The-SportsNation: “We are well prepared and ready for our first game. I have prepared this team to compete and we had some good friendlies as well.”
“Starting the season as defending champions is a great feeling but we are bot under pressure. It’s our opponents who should be under pressure to dethrone us.”
The new season will be played under a home and away format unlike last season where the league was played in a tournament format at Njeru due to Covid19 pandemic.
“Hosting games at home (Katushabe ground) will be a big boost for our team. It will give our fans a chance to cheer up on the girls. And that will give us ability and motivation to work hard and defend the title.”
He added: “Our main target is to win the title and qualify to the CAF Champions League. We have unfinished business there.”
Formed in 2016, Lady Doves will once again be the team to beat despite losing a couple of players.
Adrien Birungi went to Kenya, goalkeeper Daphine Nyayenga crossed to She Corporates, Zahara Nankya and Fatuma Nakasamba joined She Mak, Elizabeth Nakigozi crossed to Uganda Martyrs while Madam Christine, Aisha Namagembe, Esther Namaganda and Miriam Akwero are the other players who left the defending champions.
The Believers start the season with a home game against She Maroons at Katushabe stadium in Masindi.