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Inaugural Fufa Women Elite league winning squad and where they are

By Peace Diane Bagala
Kawempe Muslim celebrate winning the inaugural FUFA Elite League title in 2015 | Courtesy Photo

The top division of the women football league celebrated its fifth anniversary since its inception in 2015, and sadly circumstances didn’t allow for a triumphant climax for the clubs involved, as it was nulled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Perennial winners Kawempe Muslims SS were in hunt of yet another title, but will have to cut their losses and give it another chase next.

The league has evolved from the FUFA Women Elite League, to the FUFA Women Super League, with a change in format to a round robin also instituted at the start of the season.

Five years down the road, we take you through the team that won the inaugural FUFA Women Elite league.

However, as it is with almost everywhere in the world, the longevity of female players in the game is still minimal as a couple of off field factors do affect their careers. So, don’t be surprised if some retired a season or two later with no official communication.

The 2015 final will not only go down in history as the first of its kind in the land but also the battle between ‘mother and daughter’ on either side provided huge excitement among women football lovers.

And indeed, Hasifah Nassuna against her mother Annet Nakimbugwe produced memorable scenes never seen again.

Kawempe won the game 3-2, after trailing behind after Buikwe’s Winnie Babirye lit up the final with a 23rd minute strike.

Yudaya Nakayenze equalised for the warriors ten minutes to half time. Season-long hero Sandra Nabweteme crowned the day with two goals before a late own goal scared Kawempe’s efforts of bagging silverware.

Football256 takes you through how the winning squad players are faring.

Ruth Aturo

Currently playing for UCU lady cardinals, Aturo is the only goalkeeper to win the league with two different clubs, and the most successful goal keeper in the country.

She won the league four times with Kawempe, once with UCU along with the women’s cup in 2018 making her the most decorated goalkeeper in the country.

She is currently the Crested Cranes captain and national team first choice goalkeeper.

Viola Namuddu: Featured at right back on the day, and currently plays for Makerere University women’s team (She Mak).

She won the women’s cup with the club in 2019, and remains a reliable player on the national team.

Joan Nakirya: After winning three league titles with the club, she left the country for studies and is currently at South Western Oklahoma State University where she is pursuing a degree in Sports Management.

Yudaya Nakayenze: One of the few versatile players on the team, the slow but sure player also left the country for studies in the United States and is playing college football at Lindsey Wilson College.

Mariam Nakabugo: Nakabugo remains the longest serving player at the club and one of the club’s most successful players.

She also doubles as the Warriors’ captain, and sometimes features for the national team.

Tracy Jones Akiror: A mantle in the midfield for Kawempe for four seasons, she played for only one club, bagged four league titles with the warriors before joining Seminole State College in the United States, a side she left in May 2020 for Lindsey Wilson College Kentucky.

Tracy Jones Akiror in action for Seminole College | Courtesy Photo

Hasifah Nassuna: Arguably the most skilled player of her generation, Nassuna was the most valuable player of the inaugural season.

She left the club after winning four leagues, joined UCU Lady Cardinals where she won a league title plus the 2018 women’s cup.

She currently features for the Mukono based club and the national team.

Sandra Nabweteme: Skill, pace, agility, character is what defines Sandra Nabweteme.

At 1-1, she scored two goals in the final which sealed the league title for Kawempe. The huge admirer for Barcelona’s Lionel Messi was the league’s top scorer with 18 goals.

Like some of her other teammates at Kawempe Muslim, she currently resides in the United States for studies and also plays soccer at the college level.

Esther Naluyimba: Currently plays at Uganda martyrs club.

Spencer Nakachwa: Nakachwa has also since left the club for another Super League club Uganda martyrs.

Esther Kadondi: Left Kawempe Muslim and was last seen playing for UCU during their tittle winning season, however, she left the club abruptly by the time they secured the title.

Others:

Favour Nambatya: Plays for Money bags She Corporates in the league and occasionally gets summoned to the national team.

Amina Nababi: Nicknamed the dancing Rasta, She Plays for She Mak and was MVP in the 2019 FUFA women’s cup.

Juliet Adeke: Played second fiddle to Aturo during that season. Juliet is still at the club and she is currently the first choice goal keeper at Kawempe.

Habiba Namalwa: One of the senior players at the club then, Namalwa should have retired or quit football because she cannot be traced anywhere in women football currently.

Coach Ayub Khalifa: He went down in history as the first manager to win the FUFA Women Elite League.

And has gone on to win three more league titles at the club, elevated and penetrated to the national team ranks as the second assistant to Faridah Bulega at the Crested Cranes and is also the head coach of the U-17 girl’s team.

One Response

  1. It’s interesting how many of them move to the US,
    Hopefully they tap knowledge that will help future prospects back here in Uganda.

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