Kawempe's Juliet Nalukenge (in red) takes on UCU Lady Cardinals defenders.

2021 FUFA Women Super League Season Preview

  • The league will be played in a tournament format
  • Ten teams divided into two groups
  • Top two from each group progress to the Championship playoff

Group A: Makerere University, Kawempe Muslim, Kampala Queens, Tooro Queens, Uganda Martyrs HS

Group B: She Corporate, UCU Lady Cardinals, Lady Doves, Isra Soccer Academy, Olila High School

Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC is the most successful club in Uganda’s women football. Since the inception of the league in 2015, the Warriors have managed to win four of the five Championships, missing out only in the 2018/19 season when UCU Lady Cardinals put a halt to their clean slate.

Despite losing star players over the years, Kawempe Muslim has remained a force to reckon with and one of the teams you would give priority in the title race at the start of every season.

Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC players celebrate with a FUFA Women ELite League trophy in 2018. Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Ahead of the new season that starts on Monday, 19th April at the FUFA Technical Centre, the four-time winners will hope to ride on pedigree and their target is to win the Championship.

This however will have to achieved by overcoming several hurdles, with the biggest being missing head coach Ayub Khalifan Kiyingi.

Ayub Khalifah will not be part of Kawempe Muslim technical bench. Credit: FUFA Media

Kiyingi who doubles as the Uganda U17 National Team head coach will be part of the technical study group that will be sporting for players to feature for the National teams across different age groups for the forthcoming International engagements. His assistant, Moses Nkata will therefore be in charge.

Moses Nkata will be in charge in the absence of Ayub Khalifah.

In addition, the team will miss some of its key players like Shamira Nalugya who is out injured. She was a key player for the Warriors last season.

Shamira Nalugya is ruled out due to a knee injury.

Team captain Mariam Nakabugo left the club and has since been replaced by Aisha Nantongo as the new skipper while Grace Aluka, Anita Namata, Brenda Nakayenga and Florence Nalumansi are all not part of the team.

Lethal finisher Juliet Nalukenge, defenders Stella Musubika and Asia Nakibuuka despite making the final squad are sitting for their S.6 exams and likely to miss some games.

Key Player

Juliet Nalukenge

She is a household name in Ugandan football and her exploits with the National Teams need no introduction.

Kawempe Muslim striker Juliet Nalukkenge in action against UCU Lady Cardinals

Nalukenge will lead Kawempe’s quest for a fifth title and she would want on a personal level to cement her legacy before seeking a challenge abroad with many offers already coming her way.

Strength

Kawempe Muslim has the fear factor they have built over the years. Regardless of the playing unit assembled, every team that faces them already know they are taking on a big team.

That has always given them advantage of the rest of the opponents even when they seem lacking in terms of quality.

Weakness

The departure of skipper Mariam Nakabugo coupled with the absence of Grace Aluka and Florence Nalumansi means the Warriors will have to make adjustments in their backline.

Kawempe Muslim defender Grace Aluka chases down UCU Lady Cardinals midfielder Catherine Nakiridde.

Whereas Musubika, Nakibuuka and Nantongo can easily play across the backline, the experience of the aforementioned trio is likely to be missed.

Full Squad

Juliet Adeka, Diana Ruth Natukunda, Smalie Nakacwa, Aisha Nantongo, Aisa Nakibuuka, Stella Musubika, Rhoda Nanziri, Sharon Nadunga, Shakira Nyinagahirwa, Shakirah Nankwanga, Margret Kunihira, Allen Nasaazi, Suzan Lukoda, Rehema Nabulya, Aziiza Amoding, Halimah Kampi, Hadijja Nandago

Joel Muyita

Joel Muyita is a senior staff writer at Kawowo Sports.

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