The Shooters, the Class of 2002-2007 from Namilyango College, were on Saturday at Kitante Sports Complex triumphantly crowned champions of Season Three of the Ngo League.
The Ngo League, sponsored by Guinness, stands out among alumni leagues that unite former students from esteemed institutions.
Joining Los Bandidos and Hornbills, the Shooters secured their triumph after nine months of spirited football.
Under the guidance of coach Arnold Ayoma, the team showcased championship qualities from the outset, consistently dominating the field and establishing themselves as early favorites.
Their victory on Saturday sealed both the league title and the shield.
“It’s been a challenging season, but we never wavered in our resolve. We encountered obstacles, but we found ways to overcome them. My appreciation goes out to the players, league management, our fellow classmates, and Guinness for enhancing this experience,” stated Shooters’ Team Manager Joseph Kagame.
Godwin Alionzi proved pivotal for the Shooters, likely emerging as the standout player of the tournament. His ability to maneuver past defenders and consistently score goals propelled the Shooters forward.
Alionzi ended the league with nine goals, but the team’s success was a collective effort involving Michael Musisi, William Kiggundu, James Tinkamanyire, Benon Katabira, Drake Murozi, and Asaph Opio, who all contributed to the victory. Cranimer Muliiko, the goalkeeper, conceded the fewest goals and secured the golden glove.
While goals secure victories, it’s the defense that clinches championships—an area where the Shooters excelled, establishing their dominance and securing the coveted Holy Grail.
Demonstrating inclusivity, Shooters included Brenda Lutalo, Twesigye Jemmy, and Faridah Nassali throughout the season, embodying Guinness’ call for inclusivity.
Beyond football, Guinness organized activations, games, and challenges, offering attendees the chance to depart with gifts.
The evening was adorned with the captivating performance of Vipi Band, earning a standing ovation at the conclusion of their two-hour set.
“As Guinness, we’re delighted to wrap up this season on such a high note,” said Guinness Project Manager Patience Aguti.
“Engaging with our consumers through the Ngo League, where they feel a strong sense of belonging, has been an exhilarating journey. It’s truly been an incredible experience.”