The inaugural Women in Football Bonanza to celebrate those bridging the gender gap in Women’s football was held at the Sheraton Kampala Hotel last evening.
The ceremony kicked off with a panel discussion and dialogue on good governance and its role in creating a conducive environment for women in football.
The panel, featuring pro footballer Jean Sseninde, Referee Shamim Nabanda, Dr. Ruth Anisha Kasolo, Hon. Nakiwala Kiyingi, and former footballer and Coach Magida Nantanda, addressed the need for capacity building for women and emphasised the importance of providing more opportunities to women by the federation within the sport.
The engaging discussions were interspersed with music interludes from the Double Black Band and allowed for audience reactions, nurturing a lively and inclusive atmosphere. The band mostly played soothing ballads that guests related to.
After the dialogues, guests were treated to a sumptuous dinner and an award ceremony honouring individuals who have worked tirelessly to foster women’s football in the country. Recipients included Rebecca Namyalo Kazibwe (Mama Beeca), Adipo Constance Catharine Wejuli, Annet Nakimbugwe, Paul Ssali, Ayub Kalifa, Chris Kalibala, Mayanja Betty, and the leadership of Kawempe Moslem School, an institution that has produced some of the most exceptional female football players.
The three-part event shone a spotlight on exceptional footballers, such as Hasifa Nasuuna, affectionately known as the Queen of Goals, celebrated for her outstanding talent and contributions to the sport. Additionally, the event honoured the unsung heroes who have been the backbone of women’s football in Uganda.
The night culminated in a lively performance from Singer Azawi, who had guests dancing the night away. Baked by the Double Black band, Azawi did songs like ‘Ten Over Ten’, ‘Party Mood’, ‘Bamututte’, ‘Majje’, and ‘My Year’ among others, marking a fitting end to a celebration of women’s football and the strides made towards gender equality in the sport.
The event that was organised by the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) in partnership with Guinness Uganda was graced by the attendance of, Ms. Meskerem Goshime, the Head of Women’s Football at the Confederation of African Football (CAF), and Dr. Ruth Aisha Kasolo, Director of the Private Sector Foundation, was the Chief Guest.
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