By Edward Tumusiime
The group A games of the FUFA Women’s Super League tourney ended on Saturday at FUFA Technical Center Njeru.
The group A had five clubs, each played four games, and at its climax on Saturday saw Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC and Uganda Martyrs Lubaga WFC going through to semifinals slated for next week.
Among the over 80 players that exposed their skills and talent at the FUFA Technical Centre in Njeru, we managed to bring you the ten most outstanding players.
For some it has been their first time playing at such a high level while others have been there before.
Impressive players in group A.
10. Anitah Namata (Uganda Martyrs Lubaga WFC)
Anitah Namata is a former Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC forward, she joined Uganda Martyrs this season and proved that she is worth a starter at any super league club in Uganda. Played all the 360 minutes and the best of all, she scored a winner against Tooro Queens Fc that confirmed Uganda Martyrs Lubaga WFC’s qualification.
9. Josephine Ndagire (Makerere University WFC)
The intellectuals lost all the four group stage games but they had a wonderful ball display.
Josephine Ndagire, a modern defensive midfielder gave her defense of Yudaya Nalubega, Salima Namirimu, Viola Namuddu and Stella Namisango a good cover.
Her calmness with and without a ball was exceptional compared to other defensive midfielders we have witnessed so far in the tournament.
8. Margret Kayima (Tooro Queens)
This one is an experienced midfielder, she has played for Rines SS and Lady Doves before joining the country Queens last season. Like Josephine, Kayima tried to give her team balance linking defense to striking line.Together with Sumaya Komuntale, they gave other teams a headache despite the fact that the team failed to make it out of the group.
7. Rebecca Nandhego (Uganda Martyrs)
This is her debut season in the FUFA organized competition and the right back is one for the future, very calm in her position and her game reading is exceptional. She gave a hard time to skillful forwards like Aminah Nababi of Makerere University and Fauzia Najjemba of Kampala Queens. In all games, she didn’t disappoint those who have her trust.
6. Fauzia Najjemba (Kampala Queens)
As a skipper, Fauzia Najjemba stood tall for Kampala Queens. Apart from their tough fixture against Kawempe Muslim where they lost 4-0 in opening game,she helped them win them six out of the nine points.
The U-17 Women football national team assistant skipper, scored three goals for the side, even though they didn’t qualify for the semi finals.
5. Resty Kobusobozi (Tooro Queens)
This is another talent any one should not stop watching. The girl has all qualities any midfielder should have, she has been an outstanding player for Country Queens. At least she scored a goal for Tooro Queens despite her picking the only red card in the tournament.
4. Jolly Kobusinge (Tooro Queens)
This natural left back is a leader by birth. At her younger age, the girl showed maturity in the way she commands her fellow Queens on pitch, good at defending and going forward. Don’t be surprised when you see her at any of the national teams.
3. Aisha Nantongo (Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC)
This one is a former St Noa Girls student and has played for Kawempe Muslim Ladies for at least three seasons. Before the tournament, she was entrusted with captain armband replacing Mariam Nakabugo who left the team at the end of last season.
Aisha showed that she is a great leader. She did not have a consistent partner in her defense but she proved that she is comfortable with any partner. She did not disappoint, as she took the team to semifinals. Apart from Gloria Namugerwa of Uganda Martyrs, none played better than her in Centre back.
2. Allen Nasaazi (Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC)
Only 15 years of age but the Kawempe Muslim senior two student is currently rated to be the best younger player in the tournament. She played four games in her debut season and scored three goals, currently topping the scorers’ chart with Fauzia Najjemba.
She is very aggressive, fearless and the U-17 Women national team has gold in her.
1. Gloria Namugerwa (Uganda Martyrs Lubaga WFC)
Gloria Namugerwa is fantastic on the pitch and shows great potential.All decisions went her way, she made no serious errors in her defense, scored the best goal of the tournament in Group A, and helped her team to go past group stage.
Gloria has leadership abilities and whenever her teammates went off mentally and physically, she brought them back into the game with that on pitch talk.
So far her partnership with Patience Nabulobi is working out well.
Nyakato Ruth of Tooro Queens, Esther Namusoke of Uganda Martyrs and Patience Nabulobi, Sanyu Judith, Kampala Queens, Hadijjah Nandago, Shakirah Nankwanga, Kawempe Muslim and Lukia Namubiru of Kampala Queens.