FUFA Women Super League Player profile: Lady Doves FC’s Lydia Nyandera and Nabirah Nakitto

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By Edward Tumusiime

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Full Name: Lydia Nyandera

Home District: Masindi

Age: 22

Weight: 58

Joined Lady Doves FC: 2017

Position: Midfield

Honors: Winner Regional league 2017, Winner Watoto wasoka 2021, Winner FUFA Women Super League 2021.

Runners UP FUFA Women Elite League 2019, Runner’s up Women Cup 2019.

Lydia Nyandera is the second longest serving player on the team after Eseza Kobusobozi. Nyandera joined Lady Doves in 2017 and played a big role in the club’s qualification campaign to the elite league.

With her style of play, Nyandera caught the eyes of then head coach Olivia Mbekeka and she is the only player who played all the league matches in 2018/19 season scoring two goals and making 6 assists.

Style of play

Primarily a central midfielder, although she is also capable of playing on the left, in a holding role, as a deep-lying playmaker, in a box-to-box role, or even as an attacking midfielder.

Nyandera has been described by her club coach as a “powerful, skilful, and creative” player who has “an eye for goal and a penchant for the spectacular. She is also capable of playing as an offensive–minded central midfielder, who will often drift out wide. During the 2020-21 season, she gained the nickname TUKUTUKU for her speed and ball interception, high rate and explosive playing style and energy on the pitch. A large, quick, hard-working and physically strong player, she excels in the air and is also known for her stamina, as well as her powerful and accurate striking ability from distance; she has also drawn praise for her finesse, technique, flair and dribbling skills, as well as her ability to holding the ball.

During the 2020/2021 season, Nyandera was deployed in a more advanced and creative midfield role rather than in her usual box-to-box role, which saw her gain more time on the ball, and she excelled as the team’s main playmaker, due to her vision and passing range. Her performances in this role saw her develop from a promising youngster into one of the best and most complete midfielders in Uganda.

Nabira Nakitto the “Rock”

Full Name: Nabirah Nakitto

Home District: Kampala.

Age: 18

Weight: 58

Joined Lady Doves FC: 2020

Position: Defence

Honors: Winner FUFA Women Super League 2021.

Nabirah is a physically strong, right-footed centre-back, who usually features on the right-hand side of central defence. She is gifted with pace and good technique.

Nabirah is everything you would want if you could create a profile of the ideal central defender, she is a very smooth ball-playing defender who possesses aerial prowess, skills from dead ball situations, and strong leadership qualities. During just the concluded FUFA Women Super League, Nabira commanded her back well and it’s a defence that Conceded less goals in the league.

Out of six Matches played, Lady Doves Conceded only three goals and this is attributed to the solid defence commanded by Nabirah. She is Powerful in the air, measured with the ball at her feet, quick, and with superb positional Sense. She is a defender who knows how to judge her timing and wait for the right moment to challenge or jockey attack.

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