Women’s football in Uganda has moved great strides towards development. Despite the numerous challenges that it faces, there is no doubt that there are success stories realised in as far as women’s football is concerned.
Like the common saying ‘ a journey of thousand miles begins with one step,” indeed the game continues to spread across the country.
In a bid to create more awareness and draw a strategy how women’s football in Uganda can be developed further, Jean Sseninde a Ugandan professional female footballer who plies her trade with Crystal Palace Ladies FC has spearheaded the move.
A founder of the Sseninde Foundation that has for the past three years held an annual football gala to give chance to raising female footballers to show their adeptness, the Crested Cranes defender has taken her passion for the game a notch higher by organizing a symposium.
The first of its kind in women’s football in Uganda held at MacKinnon suites in Kampala on Thursday, Sseninde indicated she thought this would be a good platform for key stakeholders to meet and forge a way forward for the game.
” I thought of having a workshop that would bring together different people, key stakeholders of the game together and we have discussions about women’s football strictly and how we can improve. I’m glad that so much has been discussed, we have identified the challenges and how best we can work to make sure women’s football develops in Uganda.” She said.
The one day workshop/ symposium had several key note speakers from different sectors including Owekitibwa Charles Peter Mayega, the Katikiro of Buganda, Kiryowa Kiwanuka(Express FC Club chairman), Patrick Kanyomozi(USPA President), Ayub Khalifa(head coach Kawempe Muslim) and senior manager marketing and communication at Post Bank Jackie Tahakanizibwa.
The aforementioned personalities discussed several aspects of the game in regard to the dockets under which they fall including the role of media in promoting women’s football, how women’s football can attract sponsors, technical aspects of the game and cultural beliefs that prohibit women from playing football among others.
It is at this symposium that Express FC chairman Kiryowa Kiwanuka revealed that they will form a women’s football team come 2020/2021 season.
Earlier in the morning, the participants that included coaches, fans, club owners and media were divided into different groups and deliberated on a number of issues looking at challenges and what should be recommended.
Justus Mugisha the FUFA first vice President who spoke on behalf of the federation lauded Jean Sseninde for the commitment and passion towards women’s football and promised to propose to the FUFA Executive committee to make Sseninde the brand ambassador of women’s football in Uganda.
Rosemary Sseninde, the mother of Jean Sseninde and also the State Minister for Primary Education thanked her daughter for zeal towards the game.