Bridget Nabisaalu has revealed her ultimate five-a-side dream team, including a few of her teammates at the national team (Crested Cranes) led by forward Hasifah Nassuna.
The She Corporate defender is regarded as one of the best current centre backs in women football in Uganda and all thanks to her spells at Umoja WFC, Uganda Christian University, Ajax Queens Bulenga, and She Corporate.
She has also represented the Crested Cranes where she is remembered for playing every minute at the 2019 CECAFA tournament in Tanzania as Uganda finished third.
Nabisaalu has played with a host of top players throughout her career, and picking just five was surely a hard task, but not one she could fail to accomplish.
Goalkeeper: Ruth Aturo
By far the best goalkeeper in the women’s game. Aturo is a beauty to behold in between the goalposts. She possesses great quality with her feet, but even still her reflexes are top quality as well.
“I mention Aturo in goal because she is a true modern custodian who doesn’t panic when given a back pass no matter the pressure, she stays cool on the ball and then gives a good pass that sometimes breaks the opposition thus earning the team an added advantage,” Nabisaalu said of the shot stopper.
“Her communication is good as she is audible enough. As a defender this is key because she always helps you maintain better positions and keeps you alert.”
Defender: Bridget Nabisaalu
Nabisaalu has become the lynchpin for the Nakawa based side She Corporates where she has set up an exciting partnership with Winnie Nabaale.
Of course, with the wealth of experience she holds, Nabisaalu carries the bigger responsibility to keep it tight at the back.
And despite having much defensive work to offer her five aside team, the former Ajax Queens defensive midfielder admitted that she faced a steep learning curve when she shifted to central defence but since she had all the ingredients to be a great central defender, she indeed became one.
Defender: Winnie Nabaale
Nabaale is arguably the biggest breakthrough of the 2019/2020 FUFA Women Super League (FWSL) season having played a third of the league games in her maiden season, and surely, she is one for the future.
Playing with her week in week out has had an impression on Nabisaalu who she described as the perfect partner for her, revealing that she included Nabaale in her team due to her attributes helping the team in transiting from defence to attack, her aerial prowess and that she is powerful, strong and a good tackler.
“We started playing together in last year’s pre-season after my defensive partner Swabrah Nkomba had to go and sit for her examinations and finish up with school.”
“Coach Ali Zzinda then paired me with her (Nabaale), shifting her from defensive midfield and we instantly became a perfect match,” Nabisaalu said.
Midfield: Shamirah Nalugya
The Kawempe Muslim midfielder caught the eyes of many this year as Uganda hammered Tanzania 5-0 at the StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo in the FIFA U17 Women World Cup Qualifiers in March.
With such a jaw-dropping performance, everyone would love to include her in their team.
“I will definitely give the task of driving the team forward to Nalugya since she is an attacking midfielder and a playmaker as well.”
“The way she romances the ball and her personal ability is crucial to any team as she can unlock any team any time, any day. She can also dictate play and is a dead ball specialist who keeps possession and has an eye for goal,” Nabisaalu noted.
Forward: Hasifah Nassuna
Arguably the brightest and biggest talent of her generation, the Uganda Crested Cranes and UCU Lady Cardinals forward’s career has been by far influential in changing the mindset of many towards female football in Uganda.
“I played with Nassuna at the national team. All I can say is that she is a good speedy dribbler and has such quick feet.”
“Not only does she also have an eye for goal but she is as well a dead ball specialist.”
“Her work ethics and that ‘never say die’ spirit convinces me to give her the responsibility to lead our attack and bang in those goals,” Nabisaalu stated.