Former Kawempe Muslim forward Spencer Nakachwa has disclosed that winning the inaugural FUFA Women Super League in 2015 is the biggest achievement of her career so far.
Nakachwa was part of Kawempe Muslim’s team that emerged victorious in the 2015 final in a nail-biting 3-2 victory over Buikwe Red Stars at the Nakivubo Stadium.
Winnie Babirye put Buikwe ahead inside 23 minutes before Yudaya Nakayenze’s 35-yard strike and Sandra Nabweteme’s second half double put the game to bed before a late own goal created a tense finish but Kawempe managed to hold on for victory.
To date, Nakachwa still feels the emotions of the day every time she looks back to the final, asserting that not even her achievements with the national team the Crested Cranes which include winning bronze at the 2018 CECAFA Women Championships compare to it.
“I have achieved some special medals and accolades in my career but the inaugural Women Super League medal in 2015 is my favorite, I feel more connected to it,” Nakachwa told Football256 before adding.
“I am part of the national team; I feel privileged every time I pull on the national jersey and I have had some unique achievements with the Crested Cranes.”
“For example, we won bronze at the CECAFA Women Challenge Cup in 2018 in Rwanda, and while I value the achievement, it still doesn’t compare to winning the first ever women league crown.”
With the female game still finding its roots in Uganda, Nakachwa rightly draws inspiration from her father Steven Muwonge a former footballer, and close friend Vipers goalkeeper Denis Kiggundu.
“My biggest motivation has and will always be my father Mr Steven Muwonge, he is my ultimate role model.”
“He did not play at the big stage but we always left home to go to the pitch together and the way he played inspired me to do the same and here I am with Uganda Martyrs and the Uganda Crested Cranes.”
“Then my close friend Kiggundu, he has always guided me in one way or the other. Time and again he has supported and advised me to always work harder and challenge myself everyday instead of getting comfortable,” Nakachwa added.
Even with her indubitable talent, Nakachwa found herself playing second fiddle to Sandra Nabweteme and Hasifah Nassuna during her time at Kawempe before making her move to Uganda Martyrs where she has seemed to come out of her shelf as a player.
Holding other factors constant, the 21-year-old’s career has not quite taken the trajectory many predicted based on the potential she exhibited as a teenager while coming onto the big stage.
Nevertheless, watching her play still brings so much joy as she exhibits confidence in possession, never rashes despite the level of pressure from the opposition.
She always beats off opponents with her crazy skills and the rare attribute of her getting out of small spaces makes her different to mark.
Nakachwa still has plenty of time ahead to revive her career and live up to the dream she initially promised.