Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC, U17 and U20 Crested Cranes creative midfielder Shamirah Nalugya has expressed her dissatisfaction over the unfairness of the media when it comes to covering women’s football.
The 16-year-old Nalugya, popularly called ‘Kamu Zero’, says there is unfair coverage of women’s football as many media houses tend to focus more on men’s football and give less time to women football.
“Women’s football is not given enough media time and coverage, let’s say the interviews, for instance, I can testify that this is my second interview from our own media houses.”
“Comparatively, many male footballers are given enough space on televisions, radios and newspapers which helps them get better opportunities and gives the male game more mileage,” Nalugya told Football256.
Nalugya whose dreams include helping the Crested Cranes U17 team qualify for the World Cup – they face Cameroon for a slot at the finals to be held in India in 2021 – and play professional football abroad added that;
“For women football to grow, we need the journalists to cover us fairly so that we can also get the exposure and maybe play abroad.”
“Otherwise most sports shows are interested only in broadcasting men’s football and they give about five percent of their time to women football, for me that’s unfair,” she added.
However, she is grateful to her coaches Ayub Khalifa, Faridah Bulega on the national team, Yasin Mubiru and Mansoor Kabugo for helping her out throughout her career so far.
Nalugya’s best moments with the Crested Cranes include scoring against Burundi in 2019 during CECAFA Women Championships and finishing third in the COSAFA competition.
She was also the talk of town for her performance in the second leg at the StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo as the U17 side eliminated rivals Tanzania 5-2 on aggregate during the World Cup qualifiers.
The playmaker has developed through Kampala Junior team, Isra Soccer Academy and currently plays at Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC.
Nalugya’s outspoken character is derived from her role model United States Women National team captain and 2019 FIFA and female Balon d’Or winner Meghan Rapinoe, while she moulds her game around former Barcelona star Andreas Iniesta