Following U17 women’s head coach Ayub Khalifa’s comments on FUFA FM where he said that there is need for women football in Uganda to have an independent secretariat body, Fred Ndawula has also come out in support of the idea.
The She Mak head coach believes the Uganda Women Football Association (UWFA) despite being affiliated to FUFA in charge of women football has not done enough to develop women football locally.
The gaffer says he has always called for an independent secretariat body to manage both the top and second women divisions as a way to have a steady progress but all was in vain.
But with the wave to have an independent secretariat body coming back, Ndawula is in full support of the idea as he believes the time has finally come.
“I 100% second what Khalifa said,” Ndawula told Football256 before adding.
“For women football to have a steady progress, there must be an independent secretariat to run and manage the FUFA Women Super League (FWSL) along with FUFA Women Elite League (FWEL).”
“I advocated for this to happen some years back but it seemed like clubs were not ready to support my idea.”
“But with where the game is now and the media coverage, everyone now sees that an independent secretariat body is inevitable for proper growth.”
Women football in Uganda started in the 1990s with the idea to have a women football match bore by Maama Becca Kazibwe (RIP).
The ardent Express FC fan had a plan to get female Express fans play in an exhibition match against rival SC Villa women fans before a derby game between Express and SC Villa took centre stage.
In 1998, the first ever women national team was summoned to take part in the African Women Qualifiers. The team was eventually eliminated 2-1 on aggregate by Egypt following a 1-1 draw in Alexandria.
The year 2015 saw the inauguration of the women league the FUFA Women Elite League before it was re-branded to the FUFA Women Super League in 2019.
Kawempe Muslim under Khalifa were crowned the inaugural champions after defeating Buikwe Red Stars 3-2 in the finals as Hasifah Nassuna inspired her side over her mother Annet Nakimbugwe’s side.