Women's African Club Championship becomes a reality for Uganda's Ndejje University
Kampala, Uganda, March 29, 2013 – Sixteen weeks ago, it was just a dream that Ugandan club Ndejje Elites would be at the Women's African Club Championship in Madagascar next month. Now, they’re on their way, but coach Johnson Kawenyera has warned fans against raising their expectations too high for a side making their maiden appearance in the competition.
“I would be lying if I promised to return (as) champions, but we have targets – to be in the top eight – and all the girls are eager to see that come to pass,” Kawenyera said.
Kawenyera has been behind Ndejje’s success since last year when he guided them to five titles, including their debut league crown.
“It gives you an edge when you play against teams like KAVC, Nkumba and KCC who have players that have been at these games,” said Kawenyera.
Ndejje followed on from last year’s fine form by taking gold at last month’s East African University Games in Tanzania. They also took the Makerere and Ndejje Open institutions titles and the latter’s club crown last weekend.
“We have prepared well and I’m confident that my team will make a statement in Madagascar,” Kawenyera stated. “We won’t be caught by surprise.”
State Minister for Sports, Charles Bakkabulindi urged the girls to put on their best performance.
“You are not representing Ndejje University but Uganda as a country,” he said. “The trophy might be hard to come your way, but you can fly the Uganda flag high in many aspects. Please keep it up there.”
Kenya Prisons are the defending champions after
they defeated Pipeline 3-0 in last year’s final in Nairobi.