Former Harambee Starlets and Professional Football Player at Werder Bremen FC Doreen Nabwire has lauded the Federation for supporting the Women in Soccer.
In the period of 2016, Harambee Starlets have qualified and played in the African Women Cup of Nations (Awcon), reached the penultimate round of 2020 Olympics qualifiers, and won the 2019 Cecafa Senior Women Championship.
Speaking to Ghetto Radio Sports Nabwire who was the first Woman to play professional Football in Europe has said that she counts herself lucky as there was no support for the girls back then.
“Getting a chance to play professional football in Europe was not possible as there was no league running, the national team was only constituted a few days to a match a situation that is not conducive for the sport,” she said.
“To make matters worse we only met once in a year for national team assignments,” the former FC Zwolle from Netherlands and 1 FC Köln from Germany lamented.
Doreen who is the Women’s Football Development Officer said that consistency has given the girls exposure that has gotten them opportunities to move abroad.
Among the ladies that have moved abroad include midfielder Vivian Corazon Odhiambo, who joined Atlético Madrid Women’s Team.
The Spanish team offered Vivian a two-year deal after influential performances for Harambee Starlets during the Tokyo 2020 qualifiers.
Goalkeeper Annedy Kundu and Defender Ruth Ingosi landed professional deals in Cyprus.
Kundu had a stellar performance in the 2019 Cecafa Women’s Championship having not conceded a goal in competition, which earned her the golden glove award.
The two left the country on Friday, January 17 to join women’s side Lakatamia FC on a three-year deal.
Mwanahalima Dogo is another prolific player who has been very key in the National team in recent days has becoming one of the top players in the national women’s football team on the verge of joining Swedish top-flight side Djurgardens IF DFF.
The Starlets striker will undergo trials at the club.
The team under the tutelage of Coach David Ouma Ouma, are now in preparation for the forthcoming 2020 African Women Cup of Nations in March.