Historic celebration: The inaugural Women in Football Bonanza

FOOTBALL Historic celebration: The inaugural Women in Football Bonanza

Brian Aheebwa 18:56 - 30.11.2023

At the Sheraton Kampala Hotel, a landmark event unfolded on Wednesday - the first-ever Women in Football Bonanza.

This groundbreaking event, a joint effort by the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) and Guinness Uganda, was a vibrant celebration of the progress towards gender parity in football.

The event was honoured with the presence of Ms Meskerem Goshime from CAF and Dr Ruth Aisha Kasolo, the esteemed Chief Guest.

The Bonanza was a three-part affair, spotlighting football talents like Hasifa Nasuuna, nicknamed the 'Queen of Goals,' alongside the unsung heroes who form the backbone of women's football in Uganda.

The event commenced with a panel discussion focusing on good governance in football. Prominent figures like Jean Sseninde, Referee Shamira Nabanda, and others emphasized capacity building and equal opportunities for women in the sport.

Magida Nantanda, a former player and coach, stressed the necessity of inclusive opportunities, advocating for mandatory female representation on technical benches.

Hon. Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi, the third FUFA Vice President, addressed the need for equitable media coverage of women's football.

The lively discussions were punctuated with music by the Double Black Band and interactive audience sessions, creating an engaging and inclusive ambience.

Roy Ronald Tumwizere, representing Guinness, highlighted their commitment to elevating women's football, aligning with the brand's core values of inclusivity.

He articulated Guinness's dedication to supporting FUFA in enhancing women's football in Uganda, marking initiatives like the Bonanza as the start of a significant movement.

The evening transitioned into a gala dinner and an award ceremony, recognizing individuals like Rebecca Namyalo Kazibwe and others for their relentless efforts in promoting women's football.

The event concluded with a high-energy performance by Singer Azawi, encapsulating the evening's spirit of celebration and the strides made in gender equality in football.