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Fauzia Najjemba: U17 Girl’s chances and life without football


With the world on a standstill over the noble COVID-19 pandemic caused by the Coronavirus. Sport is one of the most affected industries in the world with almost all games and tournaments either suspended indefinitely or postponed to later dates.

This has pushed sports personalities into experiences they have not been in before – a life away from their daily routine.

The Touchline sports caught up with Crested Cranes and Kampala Queens attacking midfielder, Fauzia Najjemba who shared her experience during this COVID-19 pandemic.

In this chat, she shares with us what she is doing to keep in shape for the upcoming fixture and how she is balancing football and academics.

Fauzia in action for the U17 Uganda Girls team against Tanzania at the Startimes stadium Lugogo | Courtesy Photo

When asked how she is coping with life during this lockdown, Fauzia says not all is without football.

Life isn’t that good because of this pandemic, we all miss the game. We only have to stay home per the directives of the MOH, train from home, revise at home and now also, attend classes on different TV stations since I have to keep up with books.

She said.

Najjemba believes all of Uganda’s U17 Girls are ready for their next fixture against Cameroon in the U17 world cup final qualifying round.

As players,we are aware of the task at hand and we are using this period to study more about our next opponent since they are one of the biggest footballing nations on the African continent. I still think that in the end, we will qualify. We are putting in a lot of effort.

She asserted.

About if the pandemic could hamper their chances of qualifying since games have been pushed to dates yet to be known, She applauded the coaches for helping them keep fit and stay in shape.

We are in constant communication with the coaches for guidance on how to keep fit and in shape.

We shall be ready when normal business resumes to accomplish the task.

When we asked how she is keeping fit during this period without active business, Fauzia intimated that she has a personal fitness routine for that.

Personally, I have a personal trainer and I guess all the players have fitness programs that they follow as provided by the coaches. We all understand how big a task we have at hand is and we must keep the hard work and achieve our goal.

About how she manages to score both in football and books, she says academics come before anything else.

Studies come first while at school because time for training is limited. When in camps, I at least spare an hour every day for revision. That is how I manage to balance the two.

Brazilian Marta Viera Da Silvais her role model.

I idolise Marta Viera Da Silva and want to mould my game around her.

I hope to meet and have a word or two with her one day.

She further also reveals that Ethiopia has so far been her toughest opponent and Tanzania the easiest she has faced.

Ethiopia has been the hardest opponent I have faced while Tanzania is the easiest.

Fauzia Najjemba has so far scored 5 league goals for her side Kampala Queens and 2 goals for the u17 side in the current World Cup qualifying campaign.

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