Ardent Beach Soccer fans in Uganda have every justification to follow every match day at Lido beach in Entebbe with keen attention.
Given the thrills, special skills and goals accompanied with this interesting version of football, indeed fans can not just wait for another match day.
During Sunday’s match day five, the fans were not only treated to the silky flips, dribbles and volleys, but also had the urge and joy to celebrate a whopping 71 goals scored in 12 matches (6 apiece either gender).
A lion’s share of the goals came in the men catergory (48) and the rest (23) scored by the ladies.
The most awaited fixture of the day between Home and Away sponsored Isabeti Beach Soccer Club and the parent club, Nkumba University did not disappoint at all.
Nkumba University won the game 7-6 in the highest scoring game on the day.
Captain Alex Emmanuel Wasswa led by example with a hat-trick for Nkumba University.
Then, came a double from Solomon Ovoyo and Twaha Ayiman.
Isabeti captain Roch Somoka, like Wasswa also scored 3 goals.
Ibrahim Lubwama, David Awori and Rica Byaruhanga got the other goals.
For the women, the match between Buganda Royal University and Entebbe Ladies produced the most goals on the day.
Buganda Royal triumphed 5-1 in the one sided encounter.
Jovia Masiko (2), Mariam Nakawangi, Jackline Ogoa and Dorah Nakimuli netted for Buganda Royal University as Lillian Namubiru and Nakimuli (own goal) replied for Mescach Bogere’s coached Entebbe Ladies.
Only one game (the ladies match between Ajax Queens and Muteesa 1 Royal University) failed to produce a single goal, which is a rare feat in Beach Soccer.
According to the chairperson of the Uganda Beach Soccer Association (UBSA), the increase in the number of match day goals is attributed to the continued mastering of the laws of beach soccer by the players and interest in the game.