St Mary’s Kitende successfully retained the 2020 USSSA Elite Schools Football Championship 2020.
This was after St Mary’s Kitende outwashed Royal Giants High School 3-0 in the finals played on Thursday evening at Old Kampala Secondary School.
Ivan Asaba’s strike and a second half brace from Yiga Najib ensured maiden victory for the two-time champions in an epic clash which was witnessed by VIP guests.
Asaba put Kitende in the first half lead after dribbling past three defenders and slotted into the left corner before Najib’s second half heroics ensured an emphatic win for the big spenders.
St Mary’s Kitende head coach Daniel Male, hailed his boys for the spirit exhibited and sounded excited about the victory achieved.
“We are so glad and happy that we have won though we still have a lot of work to do. The tournament has been beneficial for us and all the team’s that participated ahead of the Copa Coca-Cola Qualifiers and we shall do the recruitment in the positions required,” he said.
St Mary’s Kitende had ejected Standard High School Zzana 5-4 in the post match penalty kicks after both teams had fired blanks in the normal time. Tony Ndese missed STAHIZA’s spot.
St. Mary’s Kitende topped group A with maximum 15 points off five games, scoring 14 goals and conceding three.
Frank Mulindwa, the Royal Giants High School head coach, also lauded his players for the brilliant display and sights recruitment in his team’s areas of weaknesses.
“It’s very bad that we have lost but it’s good that we have had a good test ahead of the Nationals and we have identified our areas of weaknesses. We played well upfront but we will need to do some amendments in our defense department because all our center backs were shot and failed on aerial balls,” said Mulindwa.
Royal Giants Mityana saw off St Henry’s College Kitovu 3-0 in the semifinals, thanks to Shafiq Kakande, Habib Oloya and Isa Bugembe strikes.
St Henry’s College Kitovu finished third in the tournament after a slim 1-0 win against Standard High School Zzana in the classification match.
The tournament attracted ten teams and St Mary’s Kitende are the two time champions since the inaugural edition last year.
They defeated Buddo SS 4-0 at the Mandela National Stadium in Namboole to clinch the 2019 Championship.
Champions of different categories
Elite Schools Final
St. Mary’s Kitende 3-0 Royal Giants
Royal Giants 3-0 St. Henry’s College-Kitovu
St. Mary’s Kitende 0(5) – 0(3) 0 Standard High School-Zana
Boys – St Mary’s Kitende
Girls – St Noa Girls
St Noa Girls
Boys – Bethel Convenant
Girls – St Noa Girls