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Kawempe Muslim: the makers of women football’s unbroken predominance


Four-time Women Elite League champions, Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC have dominated Women football on the local scene with a strong backbone of the Kawempe Muslim SS.

The school, which forms a strong pillar for Kawempe Muslim ladies team has dominated Girls’ football in both Uganda and East Africa, winning almost each and every tournament they participate in.

The guidance of coach Ayub Khalifah Kiyingi has helped build a strong project at the school, producing a number of great women talents in Uganda. The Soft-spoken tactician stands to be a strong mentor of the girls in the region and has helped them to prove their worth.

Most have at least earned scholarships from schools in Europe and America, and this is for the talent they possess.

Today, we bring you some of the best talents to have been made at the Kawempe based side – the ones that formed a formidable team that would later turn out to be a dominant force in Uganda’s women football.

Yudaya Nakayenze – Midfielder

Yudaya Nakayeze in training | Photo Courtesy of FUFA

Yudaya Nakayenze was one of the unsung heroes during her time at Kawempe.

Spotted from Mbale SS as a talented Left back in 2012,  Yudaya’s journey at Kawempe wasn’t an easy one as he had to transform into a Central defender.

She however took on the position with both hands, becoming one of the best defenders in the country before she was again moved into the deep-lying player’s role because of her good game reading skills and her abilities on and off the ball.

While at the school, She helped Kawempe Muslim win three consecutive league titles (2015, 2016 and 2017) and switched to UCU to win her Fourth, before joining Seminole State College in 2018 on an education scholarship. After a year at Seminole, She switched to Lindsey Wilson College, where she is currently.

Ruth Aturo – Goalkeeper

Ruth Aturo, is one of the best goalkeepers in women football. She had to overcame competition from Juliet Adeke to keep the number one spot during her time at Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC.

She was an integral member of the Kawempe Muslim squad that won the four consecutive league titles(2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018) before switching to Uganda Christian University (UCU) to win her Fifth and UCU’S 1st in 2019.

Her contribution at both her club and the National team, The Crested Cranes earned her the 2018 Airtel FUFA Women’s player of the year and was named the best goalkeeper in CECAFA And COSAFA competitions that year.

Rehema Adubango – Defender (R.I.P)

Rehema Adubango in action for Kawempe Muslim in one of the  games | Swift Sports Photo Courtesy

A great talent lost a tender age, Adubango was known for her hard work on the pitch. The love to play for the national team pushed her day by day to improve her game.

She had to wait for Yudaya Nakayeze to leave Kawempe Muslim in 2018 in order to get her chance to feature occasionally for Kawempe Muslim, an opportunity she took with both hands and became one of the best defenders at the club.

She guided Kawempe Muslim to three league titles before She shockingly passed on in 2019 due to an electric shock.

Hasifah Nassuna – Forward

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 the female game.

She is one of the most decorated women in Ugandan sports, winning five consecutive titles – four with Kawempe Muslim before joining UCU Lady Cardinals to win a fifth.

She went on to win the 2016 Airtel Female Footballer of the year award in 2016 and the 2019 FUFA Women MVP and top scorer awards.

Sandra Nabweteme – Forward

Sandra Nabweteme while still at Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC | Courtesy of FUFA Media

Having come through the ranks at Kawempe Muslim SS, Sandra Nabweteme guided the team to win the inaugural 2015 FUFA Women football league and was voted league MVP before being crowned the first Airtel FUFA Women player of the year in 2015. She also helped Kawempe defend their league title in 2016.

After 2016, Nabweteme sought a new challenge and this was to join USA’s South West Oklahoma State University (SWOSU), where she has been for the last four years and becoming their top scorer in the process.

Juliet Nalukenge – Striker

Nalukenge is the young Airtel FUFA Women player of the year in Ugandan history | Courtesy Photo

Another talent coming through the youth ranks at Kawempe, taking Hasifa Nassuna and Sandra Nabweteme as her mentors, Juliet Nalukenge began playing soccer in her second year of Secondary School and has emerged top scorer at the National School Games on a number of occasions.

In 2016, she scored 33 goals all through the lower levels to the national games, and in 2017, she emerged top scorer and Most Valuable Player in the East African School Games.

Last year, she led Kawempe Muslim Secondary School to the East African Games girls football title in Arusha (Tanzania) where she scored seven goals.

At the National team, Nalukenge made her National team debut in 2018 when she was called up to the senior women’s team (Crested Cranes) for the COSAFA Cup and managed to score a goal.

She was also part of the Uganda team that played Kenya in the qualifiers for the 2018 Total African Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON).

She is also the captain of the Uganda women U17s, a team she guided to the 2019 COSAFA U17 Women’s championship in Mauritius, beating South Africa 2-1 in the final. She also scooped the Golden Boot, after scoring 18 goals in five matches at the tournament.

She is currently the youngest Airtel Uganda Women player of the year having won the 2019 award at just 17 years.

Her talent is undoubted. She is currently leading the top scorers log in the FIFA U17 Women World Cup qualifiers 2020 with five goals.

Tracy Jones Akiror – Midfielder

Tracy poses for a photo moment after winning the 2017/18 MVP Award| courtesy of FUFA Media

Akiror was one of the few vital players Kawempe has had. A deep-lying playmaker with an eye for goal and a powerful shot she was instrumental in most of the team’s strong performances.

Her attributes both on and off the ball in the midfield area earned her the Captain’s armband in the 2017/2018 season at Kawempe before securing a scholarship at Seminole State College where she is currently.

She is also the Crested Cranes skipper for her leadership skills and the good relationship she has with her fellow players.

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