Nabaale prefers playing in midfield than defence, does not consider a long career in football

Winnie Nabaale was formidable in defence for She Corporate alongside partner Bridget Nabisaalu during the 2019/20 season.

The former has revealed that she prefers playing elsewhere than in defence.

Nabaale was shifted from defensive midfield to central defence during pre-season in 2019 to fill the void left by Swabrah Nkomba who departed the club for further studies.

Despite not playing in defence before, she proved to be solid and impressed many as she became essential to She Cooperates throughout the previous campaign.

However, with all the progress she has made in defence, Nabaale says midfield is where she feels comfortable and that she misses the tempo in the middle of the park.

“With due respect to the coach and his technical team, I appreciate their idea to play me at the back because it worked out but midfield is where I can do more magic,” Nabaale told this Football256.

“The bigger the risk, the greater the outcome. I miss the tempo and battles in midfield because it gives you the liberty to take risks and influence the game but in defence, any risk you take is more likely to backfire and therefore you can cost your team.”

The 20-year old is arguably the biggest breakthrough of 2019/2020 FUFA Women Super League (FWSL) season with her performances earning her huge following and admiration from women football fans countrywide.

However, Nabaale does not see herself playing football for long because her priorities lie elsewhere, admittedly saying that she wishes to pursue a career elsewhere for the financial benefits.

Nabaale who is currently pursuing a diploma in Computer Science at Makerere University Business School (MUBS), revealed that her priority is to accomplish a professional career in that field because it provides a better career opportunity than women football.

“Yes, I confess that I dream of playing for the national team one day and I love football with all my heart.”

“But in monetary terms, to be honest, it’s not something you can look up to. We have bills to pay and therefore, I consider my education as my priority in the future,” she lamented.

Conclusively, Nabaale doesn’t completely rule out football as a future career if sufficient funds and investment is made towards the women game to help improve the welfare of the players.

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