Footballer Hasifah Nassuna Scores Goals For Uganda; Now Wants To Score Goals For A Pro Club By Cheryl Roberts

29 Jul

1Hasifah Nassuna

 

Having started out playing grassroots football as a girl footballer, Hasifah Nassuna now plays football for Uganda’s national women’s football team. She is a university student; studying for a degree in communication. 22 year old Hasifah Nassuna also dreams of playing pro football outside of Uganda. She would love to play for Barcelona women’s team in the Spanish league.

Hasifah Nassuna is a forward and a top striker. She has won several awards in football.  She would also like to see much more being done to advance women’s football in Uganda, especially with publicity of women’s football so the game can grow amongst girls and attract much more interest, spectators and followers. Hasifa Nassuna already knows she would one day like to open a girls football academy and an orphanage to help children who don’t have parents, through life.

In this interview with ‘African Soil Sportswoman’ publisher South Africa-based Cheryl Roberts, we have a convo with Ugandan sportswoman Hasifah Nassuna and her football……

 

Hasifah Nassuna

Q: How did you start playing football?

Hasifah Nassuna; My mom used to go with me for training when I was still young. I ended up growing in the society of soccer lovers. That is how I picked up interest in football.

Q: What have been your memorable football moments?

Hasifah Nassuna: Winning Airtel female player of the year 2016 in Uganda is one of my best achievements. I’ve also won top goal scorer awards and league titles in Uganda.

Q: Do you recall your first goal scored by you?

Hasifah Nassuna: Of course No

Q: Did your family approve of you playing football? Did they support you?

Hasifah Nassuna: My mom did support me playing football because she was also a soccer player but the rest of my family members most especially on my dad’s side, they never wanted me to play football. But I always had and have my mother’s support.

Q: Your role models in football in Uganda? In Africa?

Hasifah Nassuna: My coach in Uganda who passed on was my role model. He gave women’s football lots of time and help. I admire Nigeria’s Asisat Oshaola and South Africa’s Thembi Kgatlana.

Q: What would you like to achieve as a footballer?

Hasifah Nassuna: I want to play professional football outside of Uganda. Preferably in Spain. For Barcelona.

Q: Your education was done where?

Hasifah Nassuna: I went to St. Michaels and then to St Mary’s Nsumba for my primary level. Then I joined Kawempe Muslim for my secondary level. I am currently studying at Uganda Christian University (UCU).

Q: Tell us about your training systems? As a club player and national team player

Hasifah Nassuna: For club football, we train at UCU main pitch. This is daily training. For national team, we have national training camps before we play internationals.

Q: What pro club would you like to play for?

Hasifah Nassuna: I wanna play for Barcelona Ladies. That is my dream team. But since I have not got any access for any bigger club, I can’t refuse from going to any club I get, just in case I get the opportunity.

Q: How would you like women’s football to be improved in Uganda?

Hasifah Nassuna: If they can give us an opportunity to participate in more international matches and friendlies, it will help the national team as well as the players from different clubs. And if at all things goes well and the CAF championship is there, it will help us a lot at both the club and the national team levels. But so far, it’s improving compared to how it was sometime back. It is just a matter of time before much more improvement comes along for women’s football in Uganda.

Q: Anything else you would like to add?

Hasifah Nassuna: I would like to start a girls football academy in Uganda and an orphanage.

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