Shakira Nalule, team captain of Rines Secondary School Women Football Club

Famous American author, speaker and pastor John Calvin Maxwell, 75, is remarkably quoted; “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way”.

Maxwell’s quotation is the exact replica in the frame of female Ugandan footballer Shakira Nalule.

Nalule is a versatile player primarily a defender who sometimes can be deployed as a central midfielder depending on the prevailing circumstances and demand at hand.

A smiling Shakira Nalule

As captain of Rines Secondary School Women Football Club, Nalule has exactly perfected as that is expected of her on and off the field of play.

Previously a player at football hub, Kawempe Muslim Secondary School, Nalule has optimally used this rich experience for the better as a player and leader.

“I always yearn to serve the best regardless of the conditions at play” she vividly states.

Nalule is among the three girls in the family of five; off springs of Fahad Ssebuliba and Jane Basemira.

Shakira Nalule (second from right) with the match officials before a FUFA Women Super League match against She Corporate at Kabaka Kyabaggu Stadium, Wakiso

She was born in the heart of Uganda’s capital city, Kampala at Mulago, a slum that is also known for producing talented footballers and musicians alike.

Nalule is nick-named Emily (reason not disclosed) and quite educated. She studied at Kisule and Shimon Primary schools before completing her Ordinary Education at Kawempe Muslim Secondary School.

She then shifted to Mukono High and Rines SSS for S5 and S6 classes respectively.

Right at Shimon Primary School, Nalule played the beautiful game and improved further during the four years spent at Kawempe Muslim SS.

Shakira Nalule during the work-outs with Rines SSS teammates

Her best sporting moment thus far was when she captained Rines SS from the FUFA Elite League to the top tier FUFA Women Super League and she vividly recalls the final against She Maroons, a match she tags as the toughest.

She will live to remember Rines’ semi-final duel against Bunyabuguru Girls in the FUFA Elite League.

Rines SSS head coach Bright Nyanzi is out of superlatives for Nalule, an integral pillar for the club.

Shakira Nalule is among the best players we have in the team (Rines SSS). She has the experience from big teams she has been in clubs like Kawempe for four years and the leadership skills she uses to manage and take care of the young school girls in the team.

Bright Nyanzi, Head Coach Rines SSS Women Football Club
Shakira Nalule

Nalule yearns to be like Leah Catherine Williamson (England & Arsenal Women Football Club defender).

Like Nalule, Williamson is a defender who can also play in the holding midfield role.

Williamson recently fulfilled her childhood dream of captaining the England Lionesses team in the Arnold Clark Cup when Steph Houghton was ruled out with injury.

Leah Catherine Williamson celebrates
Leah Catherine Williams (England and Arsenal women club) is the role model of Shakira Nalule

She aspires to remain on course and play for the Uganda Crested Cranes team one day as well as play in the world’s best leagues.

Her favorite meal is Irish potatoes, rice, chicken and Liver.

In the vivid words of Donald McCannon; “Leadership is an action, not a position”, indeed Nalule has proved exactly that over the years.

Detailed Profile:

  • Full Names: Shakira Nalule
  • Nick Name: Emily
  • Parents: Fahad Ssebuliba & Jane Basemira
  • Date of Birth: 9th September 2002
  • Place of Birth: Mulago, Kampala
  • Education: Kisule Primary School – Bukoto (P1-P4), Shimon Primary School (P5-P7), Kawempe Muslim SSS (O-Level), Mukono High School (S5), Rines SSS (S6)
  • Positions of play: Midfield & Center half
  • Strong Foot: Right
  • Football Journey: Kawempe Muslim SSS, Mukono High School, Rines SSS (Current)
  • Best Dish: Irish Potatoes, Rice, Chicken & Liver
  • Toughest opposition Faced: She Maroons (FUFA Elite League Final)
  • Best match played: RINES vs Bunyabuguru Girls (Semi-finals, FUFA Elite League)
  • Role model: Leah Catherine Williamson (England & Arsenal Women Football Club)
  • Best Moment: Captaining Rine SS Women Football Club from FUFA Elite League to FUFA Women Super League
  • Big Dream: Summon to the Uganda Crested Cranes & playing in the world’s best leagues

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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