Maroons Football Club has won the Big league. This means the club, which is sponsored by the Uganda Prisons Service, automatically qualifies for the National Super League.
Maroons FC was relegated from the Super League two years ago. It made a surprise come back yesterday evening by outplaying Gulu United FC, beating it by two goals to nil.
Isaac Kitgyo was the man of the game, scoring both goals for Maroons FC in the second half of play.
Although Gulu United lost the final match of the Big League, it also qualifies for the Super League by virtue of its second place in the lower tier competition.
During yesterday's game, Gulu United looked like a shadow of itself. Players were lethargic and the team's defense left a lot to be desired, granting Maroons FC a big win for the night.
Leo Adra, the Gulu United coach, says his players were hungry and tired. He says they had not eaten lunch and they arrived late in Masindi, where the game was held, because of the bad Masindi-Kigumba road.
The loss of Gulu United was made even more bitter when, during the handover of the trophy, the team wasn't invited to the podium for recognition of reaching the final.
Adra says this wasn't in the spirit of fair play in sports. He says his players should have been called to shake hands with Maroons FC and the game officials.
The Guest of Honor, Hamidu Kasinde, apologized for this anomaly, but it was too late. Maroons players had already left the field and were led in a procession through Masindi town by their supporters.
Speaking after the game, Asaph Mwebaze, the Maroons' coach, was elated. He said the return of his club to the Super League was the big break it needed.
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