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AM NOT RETIRED.

“I am not the best footballer in history, but I-am unstoppable”.

You who keep writing me off, and wondering if am playing or not, let me hope this will be the best answer for you.

So my last year at QPR quarter way through the season I got a bad hamstring injury, which gave me a lot of issues, I didn’t play again till the last 5 games of the season which I played with the reserve team of course while trying to get back to full fitness.

Before I recovered I went into major depression, hated everything. The pressure I always put on myself to succeed is high so in this case I wasn’t even playing so it made things worse for me mentally and physically.

I wanted to play but couldn’t so I realised I needed to be patient and heal first in order for me to play again. It took me a lot of time to even get back the metal zeal to move on, get a football and play because I had stayed quiet about it, the fact that I wasn’t happy because I couldn’t play.

After getting back home and having a well deserved break, speaking about it with the doc, I felt better to finally move on. Cutting that whole long story short, Now I moved into my new lovely house, I’ve been so peaceful, and my one year with QPR last season in London ended.

Now after playing for London Phoenix, Crystal Palace Women and Queens Park Rangers Women, all in London for past few years,

I say goodbye to Living in London, to another area in the UK.

Am unto new beginnings, this time mentally and physically healthy. Some of you were writing me off and retiring me, I still have the passion to play and am not retired, will be the first to announce when I do.

Am Ready to put my body through hell to regain full fitness to fight for starting spot for both my team and country.

Am Jean Sseninde a determined, creative hardworking lady who plays football, runs the Sseninde Foundation as a CEO, a founder of one of the best grassroots football tournament in Africa, A Forbes Africa 30 under 30 finalist this year, Doing a UEFA B licence football coaching with the London FA, Human Resources Management & Psychology degree in the UK and soon to be a Project Manager of something really exciting with (WF).

Am just a different girl born in Uganda who is defining what a woman who plays football can became and should be like, exceedingly multi talented who will never put limits on anything they can achieve because, I may not be a legend, am not the best footballer in history, but I-am unstoppable because I have the power to achieve whatever I put my mind on to achieve.

Jean Sseninde -(The Fixer).

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During The Bad Times.

Jean Sseninde, “The Fixer”

No one wants to be around you during the bad times!

I opened this blog to speak up and say out things on my mind. At times I take long to put something on mainly because I speak up from inspiration.

I have been running the Sseninde Women’s Development Cup for 3 years now and this year will be the 4th. Before I continue, let me take the opportunity to invite you for this years edition on August 24th, 2019 at Kakyeka Stadium in Mbarara, Uganda.

So continuing this story, I have had challenges, I have given everything on this road, I’ve put my career on the line, this road is very lonely I tell you this, endless sleepless nights, tears, at times mild depression, no one can understand it I guess. It’s like being on a battle field every single day. If it’s not for my incredible team, It would be hard to go on. So many people are not honest in there relationships with others.

At times people are only available when the bad times are gone, or when something to there advantage is gonna happen. Always watch out . No one should ever take you for granted.

My advise is, keep in touch with all people who matter. Be kind to others and don’t be there for your friends only during the good times. The bad times matter as well because that’s when strong friendships are built.

Amidst the real battle, fight fight fight, the only recognised place now days is number one so please fight to be the best in everything you do. The mental and physical battle, win it all. Have the right people around you.

In my case if your my friend reading this or even if your not, My name is Jean Sseninde and I fix things. I love to be there for people during the bad times mainly and help them fix the problem. So please count on me and always remember: Am

Jean Sseninde ‘The fixer’

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4th Edition Sseninde Women’s Development Cup 2019

“The time is NOW”

The 4th Edition Of the Sseninde Women’s Development Football Cup 2019 is just 30 days away. The excitement is building inside me and I have a good feeling about this one. It’s the first time we are going to do it at Mbarara in Kakyeka Stadium. Looking back from 2016, wow leaps and bounds we have made.

I remember the first edition in my Maama’s office at 3am the day before the tournament busy typing team sheets, I was innocent just starting to break on the scene in the real world. Didn’t know what was coming for me four years later.

The sacrifices I’ve had to make to make sure this runs for the fourth year are just what I didn’t expect. The demand the sleepless nights and so much in between you won’t know of course. I wouldn’t have done anything without my incredible team. We started as 9 volunteers and now we are 52. Still can’t believe what’s happening at times.

Usually athletes take sport number 1 and I do as well. Can’t believe I put my career on the line for the first time in my life and I felt fulfilled. I feel my vision is clearer now. My dream is to see millions of girls get opportunities I never got and that’s going to be my fight through actions. I want to live by example.

As I continue to spend more sleepless nights, I pray and hope we continue to work together and support each other through it all. We can never be 100 percent but we can try to be the best version of what we can be because the time is NOW.

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Split Second.

“Magic is created in split seconds and dreams are shuttered in split seconds”

I dreamt last night that I had no leg, in other words I was using a prosthetic leg for support to move in one of my legs. In the dream, I was wondering how I had got to that point. And also realising that there’s nothing I could do to change that fact, wishing I was in a dream so I could wake up healthy, but also realising in the dream that am not in a dream, confusing ha? In a split second, my life unexpectedly turned upside down! Confused with disbelief I had to figure out how to still be useful to others and how I was going to be the best at what I do with a prosthetic leg.

Mistakes and bad things happen to us in a split second. You lose your concentration for one second and it’s enough to change your whole life upside down. In the dream I wasn’t born walking with a prosthetic, I only got it at around 34. Good news is I woke up fine and had both my legs, phew! God is great.

This teaches me that we need to live every moment to the fullest without regret. We don’t know what’s gonna happen tomorrow so every second counts. Every second could change your life. Magic is created in split seconds and dreams are shuttered in split seconds therefore we need to stay concentrated and stay focused in everything we do because every split second counts.

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FIFA Women’s Football Convention 2019.

“Dreams do come true, I dreamt of this moment”

Am humbled to be amongst a strong line up of speakers at the First ever FIFA Women’s Football Convention in Paris, France from June 6th to June 7th, 2019 ahead of the Eighth Edition of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The Convention will assemble leaders from the world of football and politics for the first time, to discuss key issues around the development and empowerment of women in football.

Dreams do come true, I dreamt of this moment and can’t believe I have the opportunity. I am so excited and still can’t believe that I will be speaking at the first ever Women’s Football Convention. Women football growth is one of the key issues I’ve been so vocal about, what an honour this is! Still can’t put it into words.

Will be speaking about empowerment through football and education of women and girls around the World.

Follow all action live on FIFA TV https://www.youtube.com/user/FIFATV and FIFA YouTube channel.

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What I Missed Out Doesn’t Matter.

“Life for me is not about being comfortable anymore”

Looks like everyone of my old classmates is getting married yet on my side, I feel my priorities have changed from the 21 year old who fancied to get married and have kids.

My priorities are now to be a great woman of purpose to the world. For now am focused on working to learning as much as I can and developing. Hopefully everyone else has gone through this stage in their life. There’s a way sport makes you obsessed to succeed and other things become second options.

My life has been in stages, I wonder if everyone of you is just like me? At the age of 8 – 16, I never had clear opportunities to anything. My only passion was football which was a sport for the boys then. Should have learned more at my golden age but I don’t regret anymore of what I should have had then because I had no opportunities, it was out of my control and I understand that now. I stopped looking at how things should have been in the past, what I missed out doesn’t matter. I now concentrate on making the future great because it’s the only thing have power to change.

17 – 21, Age of school and adolescence, figuring out life, I don’t remember much apart from studying around that age. At 22-24, I felt I wanted kids, don’t know why I did,thinking of it now feels so awkward.

At 25- 26, am now not ashamed of who I-am anymore. I trust I have the power to be great and I understand I have to work very hard to achieve even half of the things I want to achieve. Am determined, I have to push my limits. Life for me is not about being comfortable anymore. I want to be successful and leave an impact in people’s hearts.

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Attitude.

“It’s easy to lose sight of your goals when there’s so much going on around you”

A few years ago, I made the biggest sacrifice of my life to embark on achieving my dreams. Maybe they were not as clear then as they are now. I always had fantasies when I was little and having a tattoo was one of them. Funny enough I hate needles but for this I managed to stand the pain. I have five:) (they r hidden or faint so it’s hard for someone to notice, not that being so dark skinned helps either) I admit I would have had more if I had the time and was extravagant.

Looking back at my life seven years ago and now, am thankful I have partly achieved most of my goals. If I was not to exist any more I think I would be satisfied more than a little. Everything I’ve got I’ve earned it. Even tho as humans we always want more. Now there bigger dreams to achieve and am still going.

Maturity has been a big part of my life and I’ve learned to stay calm and be strong in times of need, loneliness, pain, when things are not going my way and every feeling you can imagine that causes uncertainties.

Patience and hard work are my friends. Dear friends, never lose focus. It’s easy to lose sight of your goals when there’s so much going on around you but attack what life brings at you, attack it my friend and follow your heart always.

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. I’ve learned and accepted that we won’t have control over every situation in our lives, maybe we don’t get to make every decision. But every new day we get to decide our attitude because with the right attitude, who knows what you can achieve?

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Yesterday

“I was imagining the police would find me lying on the ground bleeding”

Yesterday I missed home again! Had stayed indoors all day so went out for a drive to feel the breeze. Parked in the usual car park, left the keys under the car tyre, I usually do when I go running because I hate running with anything in my pockets :).

I crossed the road into the football field, It was late around 7 pm. I walked slowly, hands in my pockets feeling the nice cold breeze on my face. My plan was to walk until I find one of the middle benches in the field, I had lots of thoughts in my head. With the latest stabbings in the UK, I kept imagining someone coming to stab me in the back, I was imagining the pain. I had no phone on me as I had decided to leave it in my car. I was imagining the police would find me lying on the ground bleeding and they won’t know who I am as I also had no identification, my pockets were empty.

I imagined lots of things happening to me in that short space of time, how useless I felt and honestly lots of other nasty stuff. On approaching the seventh bench in the field I decided to stop and sit down. It’s at this moment that I realised I had pictured myself sitting on this bench before I had actually sat on it. I usually picture moments in my head and try to make them real and this was one of them. I also pictured myself writing this when got back home and here I am writing…

After a couple of runs, got back to the car feeling a lot better, okay truth is I miss people, real people. I think ever since I moved to the UK I have occasionally missed being around people(I mean family and friends) tho last year in December it was worse. I didn’t heal till I spoke to the doctor by the way and for the first time, I realised such illnesses exists.

The lesson is don’t judge anyone by their actions before you find out the reason behind their actions. Everyone has real struggles including the celebrities we envy, everyone has baggage. We should try to be helpful and offer help to others where we can if they do ask. You don’t know if you are someone’s hope by listening to them, picking their phone call, kissing them, smiling at them or helping them out in one way or the other.

I was listened to by the doctor in December and am better now. I want to help so many others get better by sharing my true story on a big stage one day. I dream of that moment over and over again in my head where I will wear my suit, medium size, high heels (if I’ve learnt how to walk in them by then) and nice black hair with millions tuned in online and many others sitted in the room listening to my true story…

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Creating For Women

”dear rich friends and those who are able to“

Hope your all well? I’ve been extra busy multi-tasking between playing football, managing the Sseninde Foundation, coaching kids and recently took on some continuous professional development courses to sharpen my brain even a lot more. I must admit it’s been incredibly tough, but I’ve adjusted very well. Within this short space of time, I’ve acquired more transferable soft skills that am excited to share with everyone.

For those of you have have been keeping tabs on me am sure you know on March 8th 2019, we launched the #CreatingForWomen campaign. This campaign is about supporting young girls to continue their education combining it with playing football in school.

According to the UNESCO Global education monitoring report in 2017, 264 million girls around the world don’t go to school! On the side of football, millions of girls love to play football and have a passion for the game but don’t get opportunities to play. Of course, this has it’s countless reasons and that’s why this campaign was formed so we could tackle some of these issues. We want to get more girls to play football and also support or help create opportunities where possible for girls to have access to a good education.

Myself and the Sseninde Foundation with which am a director pledged to Visit 10 different districts, 10 schools, support 10 women towards their footballing journey and help create 10 education opportunities for girls to continue with their education.

We kicked off this campaign with Kidde Primary School in Kasangati located in Wakiso district. I hear it’s one of the largest districts in Uganda I don’t know right now if it still is.There was no better place to start the campaign than my home town where it all started. It was the most perfect day. Lots of girls had fun and more importantly took the important message my team passed onto them,“Education is as important as playing football in school”

This campaign is more than just a campaign to me and has a personal meaning attached to it. Will leave that for another day but if you can’t wait, your welcome to contact my agent for an interview.

We are looking forward to visiting the next 9 districts, getting more girls to play football in schools and creating more educational opportunities for girls around the world because I believe,

“Education is one of the greatest investments, It will always have profits in abundance”

“Football can help girls speak up, stay healthy and make friends”

With all that said, dear rich friends and those who are able to, if there’s any way you can support this campaign so we can reach out to even more girls than the ones our Foundation pledged (10), in form of cash, scholastic materials, sports equipment and others to help girls gain access to a good education and play football you’re more than welcome:)

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Behind The Smile

‘I have learned to be unapologetic about the things I want to do’

The truth is , I never knew how much my life could change when I left my home country to move to the UK. It’s been years and honestly am very fine and happy. I admit I have changed and am convinced I’ve changed for the better. Sometimes I cant believe how bold I am when addressing people and also how I fight for the things I want / believe in. I opened this website to speak up my mind aloud and am sure theres a lot of mistakes but for once I allowed my self to be raw.

Everything I do is for a purpose and for the last few days I have learned to be unapologetic about the things I want to do . At times all the people who don’t want us to succeed put all the bad thoughts in our minds that send the message to our hearts like a chain of command that’s very effective. Have grown up now and truth is we all don’t have much time. My dreams are real in my heart and I don’t see a way out right now apart from fighting hard. As I told you I have enjoyed my journey so far since I left home but now my heart aches so bad. I left my friends and family and everyone I know and at quite a young age! Now the challenge I have is that I miss home, I miss my friends I miss having all the people I had around me.

With life we have to make sacrifices tho I feel at this point everything is hard. Most things feel like a love hate relationship. I think am a person of extremes where I love too much when I do and probably vice verser but please don’t quote me on that.

I really miss home! Even being here, there’s something wrong that I cant quit explain. I don’t wanna leave, the things I wanna do seem like very big Dreams so at times I feel am in this kind of bubble or dreamy world. The truth is I don’t really care because what is the point of life anyway if we don’t do the things we wanna do?

The truth is , the life we have won’t last forever. I have fallen in love with being home. I want to have all my friends again that I left. Its nothing to do with what am doing now but its just the way it is, its just what my heart wants and for me thats what matters now.

Behind this smile there’s a young lady who is fighting, working very hard to achieve a big dream, there’s this strong woman who misses family everyday but keeps going because it’s just how life is. There’s this beautiful lady who wants to go out for a drink with a friend who is probably busier than she is! A strong lady who has learned to keep a deaf ear when someone says she’s not good enough. Having learned how to deal with that, the maturity I have is victory I should be proud of.

Since this is my first blog of 2019, I wish you all a happy new year.

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The Sseninde Foundation Women’s Football Workshop

The Sseninde Foundation Women’s Football Workshop

Somethings seem so small yet with a big impact. Others seem big , easy and irrelevant but make a lot of sense. I decided to be unapologetic and do what I love which is to see many young girls get equal opportunities to play football.

with this I’ve decided to run a Women’s Football Workshop and it’s my first time as well. A bit nervous but done this a number of times and my confidence has grown in the last 6-7years into something amazing that I hope my parents will be proud of as well

Here is a link to the programme and bios of all the speakers during the event that’s taking place on the January 10th 2019 at Mackinnon Suits.

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hope you don’t be too critical with me on the mistakes 🙂

Enjoy your Sunday

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Seasons Greetings

’Merry Christmas to you all’.

The year has been a wild wind, one of my best years in terms of achievement starting with a lot of paces. Haven’t finished with the same gear but lessons learned. One of the years I’ve watched my self grow and see glimpses of what I could be in the future. It’s not gonna come easy and I know that but am ready to give my best. For now let me leave you to enjoy the Christmas meal. Am happy to spend this one with Mum and Dad. Merry Christmas to you all.

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My Today

’Am going to follow their footsteps and become even a greater woman in the world and I believe that because it’s my dream.’

Today I was going to the airport and was late , but for once in a very long time I had a driver dropping me who cared about me . Usually I just drive and park by the airport or I get a taxi but today he even got to push two of my big suitcases to departure .

He was so calm , about the same height as me but slightly taller and very nice black hair. I don’t even remember when I last looked into someone’s eyes directly and didn’t wanna stop. To say the least, the best ride I’ve had with a person in “decades”. Closing this chapter, I never got to say goodbye to him when we reached the airport as was rushing in order not to miss my flight.

On board, I was sandwiched between two Chinese women . One of them extremely talented ohh God! She was using this photoshop app like I’ve never seen before. She made it all seem easy and reminded me of how I’ve struggled to learn using it 🙂 . I was staring at her secretly but non stop. Could today’s flight get any better? Away from her my eyes were loitering around uncontrollably to all other screens of passengers in-front of me. Then I realised how I haven’t focused for the last 7months . I have had things to deal with but with a very busy schedule and haven’t felt love that I deserve. I have Buried myself in my football and projects that I forgot myself.

I have missed home! Missed my parents and feels like I left home a decade ago . This holiday I have two events but am determined to rest my body and get mentally and emotionally fine. People talk about mental health but I thought I had got to that point where I was straining because I was missing the people I love. Now let me go home spend time with my pole dad and busy mother. Am going to follow their footsteps and become a greater woman in the world and I believe that because it’s my dream.

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Learning to Speak

’The woman I’ve become is someone not afraid to speak up’

Tactics and technics are all I’ve studied this year. I like being the best at everything I do and what a year I’ve had so far. I have learnt that we all have plans but God puts a final stamp for all to happen. Growing up in Uganda I will say I wasn’t as bold as I am now. Moving to the UK has changed me so much and maybe more than a little for the better.

I have learnt to speak up and not to say nonsense but to use everything I have to create change and do the right thing. I have learnt to be bold and ask for what I want without fear. I have learnt to say No to the things I don’t deserve and I still wonder at times how I got to be this bold.

I keep imagining the things I could have had but lost because I was too scared to ask. Now days seems as though you can’t get anything from someone who is not a friend or who doesn’t know you so will say I have learnt to make a lot of friends. (It’s important to have as many friends and contacts as you can my fellow friends) It’s becoming a necessity or you will forever not be seen. Seems as tho the people walking the road to greatness are all in the same circle of friends. But that’s just my view. If you left out, get your own microphone and speak up. Use all the platforms you have to send your message to the world however much they see you as mad and irritating. Always try to find the right balance of everything you do so you don’t put people off but same time you give them enough.

Right now am into the real world and the thought of becoming something great is fascinating me more every day. The woman I’ve become is someone not afraid to speak up. I won’t lie at times am still scared of saying certain things just like one would have a conscience but am not the shy Ugandan girl anymore. I want to speak at the world stage and inspire so many young girls and boys out there in the world. Football changed my life and however much I have a love-hate relationship with it in terms of playing it, my love to use football to change lives has always been more than just love.

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Today

’praying that the best in me will be seen and put to great use by the onlookers’

It’s my birthday today And just like all of us, you always feel like it’s a special day and you want to do the things you love, be with the people you love, have a good meal and I think that’s how it’s supposed to be. I mean am 26 now but I don’t know when I last celebrated a decent birthday!

Today it’s hit me more than other days I don’t wanna sound like a crying baby but I really miss being around people I love. It’s on days like these that you need something new and exciting to happen. I pray to be a strong woman in the world , for the sacrifices I have made already that have prevented me from having a perfect life right now I pray that the Lord will lead me through so I can be able to achieve one of my greatest dreams to give meaning, hope and be an inspiration to many young footballers to achieve their dreams

I don’t want today to end, wishing I can have one big surprise before the day ends but you know, am thinking too much. Let me continue to live and grow into an exemplary lady, praying that the best in me will be seen and put to great use by the onlookers. Thank you to all who have wished me a happy birthday so far.

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Silent Stars

‘Everyone else was seeing random girls having a go at playing the game in a small setting but for me, I was seeing future stars in the making’

I can’t believe it’s been years since I had this dream to see numerous girls Inspired to play football, Of course, I’ve always told my story of how I started playing at eight years old. I didn’t have the opportunity to any quality coaching or a chance of playing in any competitive match at an early age. I didn’t even know anyone to look up to who had succeeded In the footballing world in my country Uganda. well, I guess they were there but I didn’t know of any at the time. It’s not like nowadays where young girls have a lot of role models to look up to for example the USA where the Women’s National Soccer team players like Alex Morgan, Carly Lloyd are home stars. Many other countries have role models in the Women’s game name in Australia Sam Kerr who the young girls are madly in love with, England Steph Houghton, few African players like Janine Van Wyk from South Africa and Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala who has been consistent since breaking through and is a three-time African player of the year. These are stars well known around the world and their success is an inspiration to the young girls to show them that football is more than just a game and can change their lives.

A Subject extremely close to my heart, After having visited a lot of communities for a few years, I realised that there is a lot of desire for the game. These players are silent stars that no one had seen yet or even given the opportunity.

So I come up with the idea of a tournament for the girls to play for the first time and experience what the game is like. This has been the most rewarding experience not just for the players bpassions all who are involved. The Sseninde women’s development cup is the tournament we started to give a chance to the women to play football and express themselves. The feeling I had in my heart seeing the girls play in the First game of the tournament during the first edition I can’t explain it till today, I couldn’t believe that the dream had come to life.

The fact that a number of girls get opportunities from this tournament is rewarding for example, after the first Edition of the tournament, some girls got opportunities to education after being spotted by various institutions, schools and universities. Others were selected for the Uganda Woman Elite League. Our biggest testimony so far is Nalukenge Juliet who is currently playing on the Uganda Women’s National Football Team and participated in our first Edition of the tournament.

I look back now and I remember we had invited some dignitaries in the footballing community who never turned up for the first edition, they were probably thinking there’s no point taking time out to come and see young girls running with a ball. Everyone else was seeing random girls having a go at playing the game in a small setting but for me, I was seeing future stars in the making. Currently, we have hosted three Editions and the emotions I see in these girls is what keeps me wanting to do this year after year.

Doesn’t go without saying that this has been one of the biggest platforms for me to speak out to the girls through my actions and show them how football can change their lives. Is it not funny that I have failed to give a proper speech for three years in a row however much I have prepared? I have failed to express my words in a speech. Maybe this project means so much to me and I end up failing to communicate through words and a lot easier through my actions. I have seen teams who have come with players that had never even played a football game before but currently have developed so much. My aim is to see the number of girls playing football increasing and for them to know how special this game is.

we’ve seen girls who are stars participate In this tournament but no one had ever given them a chance to play, these are silent stars who are looking for opportunities, they have a passion for the for the Game but don’t know where to start. The tournament is not just about winning trophies alone. It’s about giving a chance to women with dreams but without opportunities and with that I mean the young referees, female photographers, volunteers and others around the game who want to be involved in one way or another.

It’s about empowering women to have a voice and to stand up for what’s right, to inspire others and to have the values of football in their heart. Not being able to officiate in a World Cup or to play in the top league of your country doesn’t mean you’re not good enough. We are the Silent Stars the world is yet to see. Living in today and fighting off all the challenges that are never-ending.

To the young girls who have participated in the tournament and those who haven’t got the opportunity yet to play but have endless passion, to the team of volunteers that have been with us from edition one up to now, you are my greatest stars of all time.

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Redefining A Hospital

’sometimes we help others to hospitals yet we are the patients’

According to Google, a hospital is an institution providing medical and surgical treatment and nursing care for sick or injured people. when I was little I knew no such thing as google so I simply knew it as a place where sick people go to receive treatment. Have you ever gone into a hospital and looked at all the sick people laying down helplessly on these beds? You know sometimes I wonder what goes on in their minds because maybe they feel too much pain. Sometimes the doctors have failed to find what exactly is the problem so they’re just laying down for days, months maybe a year without hope, how sad!
I think hospitals can be a very lonely place. Imagine lying there alone, so many thoughts going through your mind while you look at the painted walls. Back home in Uganda, there is this big hospital, so many sick people report in and some of them don’t even have the money for treatment so they wait, imagine watching your loved one slowly by slowly going away when there’s nothing you can do because you don’t have the money to help them…
My kind of hospital is a little different, I think we’re all patients in various ways but stay brave, we stay away from hospitals and try to be our own doctors. A couple of days ago I injured my hamstring and decided to go obviously to see the doctor, I was given time off to rest and I stayed indoors every day for the whole duration with difficulty to walk for the first few days. I got better physically As the pain went down. I also used the time to reflect on myself and my life, the more I had more lonely thoughts I realised I was getting worse and worse! I thought to myself maybe I am more of a patient than I ever Imagined. All alone lying in bed day by day.. thoughts increasing in my head about my dreams, doubts, fears, insecurities, all the bad and little of the good And then the routine suddenly becomes of thoughts, sleep and tears! How being alone can make you think of a thousand things in a second than you can actually do an entire lifetime.
We are all patients whether your illness is loneliness, Insecurities, fears, heartbreak Joblessness, Addiction, Worry and so many other sicknesses we ignore day to day. These kinds of sicknesses cannot be healed in hospitals and yet they can kill us slowly, So I thought we should redefine a hospital. This is a place within our hearts where we find joy, peace and heal emotionally, where we can get help and have peace of mind. Your hospital could be speaking to someone, praying, joining study groups, counselling, being happy in your own skin(being confident ), letting go of people who are of bad influence in our lives and others. Sometimes we help others to the hospital yet we are the patients ourselves. In my interpretation, I conclude redefining Hospital as the place within your heart where you can find peace emotionally and physically.
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Cover Girl

‘Be the cover girl of your own book’

At times in life we become too focused on achieving success and we forget to appreciate the little things that we have achieved

Sometimes we become so fixed on getting that exact something and forget that at times other options could be better

I have learnt that just because you’re not the covergirl on a magazine or the headline in a newspaper doesn’t mean you are not worth talking about . I also know that just because you haven’t played in a World Cup or the Olympics or even won any accolades doesn’t mean you not a legend in your own way.

At times we may think that we are trying and being persistent but maybe we are doing it the wrong way I think the best thing is to pray for God’s favour and that the timing will be right.

Sometimes I do imagine a world where all the bosses are women , so that all those women who have had to sacrifice their bodies to get to the top positions in this world didn’t have to do it. At times u gotta do what you gotta do I understand, these are just the facts and let’s not shy away from them , personally I call it rape even tho its different. The issue of equality is still a big problem and the best day will be when everyone will be willing to address the issue so that everyone in this world will be on board and understand why it’s important for women to have a sit at the table

I’ve also learned that let’s not let many things of this world stress us so much things , things like how many Facebook likes you’re going to get, how many Instagram likes you’re going to get, how many people are going to read your blog etc because The right people will always like the things you do weather they are on Facebook Instagram or Twitter so never worry about that

Lastly ,there are so many things that are going to worry us each day, like being jobless , family issues, debts, our dreams/ambitions and everything else . we have to avoid these things from getting to our minds because at times we don’t have the power to control them . What we can do is to Avoid thinking ahead of ourselves and to always trust the Lord , to take each day as it comes and take one step at a time

let’s learn to be happy in our own skin regardless of anything , we are beautiful, we are enough and just because no one tells you how beautiful you doesn’t mean you are not.

Be the cover girl of your own book .

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HOPE

‘Never underestimate the power which you can get from believing and having having hope’

Do you ever think about how many things we imagine in one day? I will tell you a story , seven years ago I decided to leave everything that I knew to move to a new country for a better life , to build a career that I always imagined in my head . There is always no guarantee that when you decide to do something it’s gonna happen, I think I Have always just had self believe that when I imagine things in my head they are going to happen. I didn’t know what to expect, I was alone and 17 at the time and I’m embarrassed to say that it was the first time I had even stepped on a plane to travel. I was more excited than scared to start a new journey where I could build my dreams from the scratch.

I had no guarantee that moving to a Foreign land would get me to live the life I imagined in my head at the time but I had hope because I knew that I was going to fight for everything that I dreamt of . Years later I’m still building a strong base to my career , isn’t it so funny to believe that after such a long time I’m still going ? but it’s because I have hope that I will reach where I’m going. Never underestimate the power which you can get from believing and having having hope.

Imagine all these years I’m still going and I’m happy because every day is different, I learn something new every day, I get something to make me happy every day even just by thinking of something nice in my head. And I have hope that one day all the hard work will pay off , now that doesn’t mean that it’s all going to happen but the hope that I have keeps me going every day and I will never give up.

Let’s continue to live a life where we believe and do things that impact other peoples lives to give them hope that something good can come out of the life we are leaving, that we are all important and equal. We shall all live a life that we have imagined in our heads one day if we believe and have hope.

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Unexpected Twist

‘I want to see the younger girls who dream of achieving more in this sport reach greater heights’

They are so many of us in the world who have dreams and at times we go through ups and downs . Am not sure why for me sometimes it seems as though there more downs than ups? Sometimes I wonder if it’s our own making or not? What’s life nway?

Look am learning to be happy in my skin, to see what I can do better and what am good at best , to think a lot smarter and be more patient with life. Sometimes we feel sorry for ourselves to much and became crying babies, but every time I feel low I remember their are 1000s of kids in the world who are hungry and haven’t eaten for days, someone who was born blind and has never seen their loved ones, or someone who has a passion to play sport but has never walked at all. We need to stop feeling sorry for ourselves and get to work.

We need to show the world our purpose. Let’s always work without expecting recognition, sometimes personal satisfaction is the best reward you can ever get. I think I have been to greedy, I have dreamt of playing football my entire life And it’s all I ever wanted. I have given up a lot to be able to play and its been a lot of sacrifices to say the least . I never expected to ever lose this first love of playing football to instead wanting to help other girls to play it and rise to greater heights , every time I look back at this life of mine and football I wonder what a twist it has been ! I have represented my national team and that was one of my biggest dreams in this sport. Now I want to do more, I want to see the younger girls who dream of achieving more in this sport reach greater heights. Even if that means costing me my playing career I feel I want to do more because it’s just my heart, it’s what makes me happy and It’s my new dream and am happiest when am in the field on ground inspiring these girls to play football

So my message today is there maybe tough times in your life right now and you don’t know what you gonna do, but take one day at a time and don’t worry much about tomorrow . Tomorrow will take care of it’s self ,And besides we never know what tomorrow holds so we should utilise today and live it like there’s no tomorrow and do exactly what makes us happy and feel useful to the world instead of feeling sorry for ourselves .

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My Random Life

‘One day I will be a legend in my own way’

Good evening beautiful friends,

I never realised how this would mean a lot to me that when I don’t get inner inspiration I don’t write. I really missed you all who continue to read from me. Sometimes I think of writing but I don’t and I don’t know why, this has taught me to always do what I think of in my head because actions speak louder than words.

Yesterday I had a bad headache, am feeling better today thank God for my lovely magical bed that always gives me more comfort than anyone could ever give to me. I miss the days when am back home in Uganda, where at times I wake up and get to see my lovely parents and have some breakfast . Here in London I don’t have that, I wake up to see the same walls staring at me everyday and my parents are not here , I don’t even have that nice home made breakfast . What’s funny is when I was younger I dreamt of having all these nice things, TV set, computers , now I have it all and what next? It doesn’t give me the love or comfort I need.

I have resorted to creating my own life, busy ,quiet, creative and dreamy. I dream of being a big star one day. You know when am invited for a legends event , I feel am the little one there because everyone is big enough and has made a name. Its not like as if am the best in the world at football, No am not but I have the biggest fighting heart and Mayb that’s the difference , my passion , the burning desire, and my time is coming , I just need to work hard and be patient. One day I will be a legend in my own way, one day they will call my name on that red or green carpet , one day life will turn around and I will have to change my lines and then my circle of friends will change again Maybe for the better as always. For my friends I lost, I miss you only a little bit. For those I have now, 😃 hurry up and bring those note books and shirts for autographs because you may see me no more one day haha(joking)

I decided to do all things in my life randomly,I don’t have a set program of how I should do things, I don’t put any limitations on my self because I know I have the power to accomplish anything I want in Gods name. I want to make a difference and to be a great woman one day . Working for the United Nations, UNICEF, FIFA, UEFA,CAF, you know haha am dreamy but that way I want to give hope to so many people.

I want to try my best to serve in the little time I have left in this world . I want to serve people and make their lives better. For now let me finish this so that I finish other assignments , I This is me , this is my truth.

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FELLOW WOMEN

‘To all my fellow women who have paved way for us and the generations to come, Thank you’

My fellow women,

how amazing that we are slowly trying to defy the odds. Starting from the most popular field, we recently had the first female commentator in the world cup, we have the first secretary general in FIFA. By the way, does it not make it sweeter that she’s from Africa? we have a few first female federation presidents now, country presidents, journalists in top companies and many more, we are very powerful and it’s even more amazing we are beautiful. How can we not show off? Am loving the campaigns that various organisations have promoted like the ‘me too’ campaign, gives us strength to speak up . We are putting to shame all those who never saw the power of women before. Football wise, we now have full time professional soccer teams just for women, so young girls dream on and continue this fight our great women have started, lets leave the legacy for others to learn and even do better. Not forgetting the mothers, the young women out there who must make unnecessary sacrifices to get where they want to get, I tell you , we are more intelligent, lets continue to even close this pay gap which we rightly deserve.

All this doesn’t mean we don’t need men, yes, we do, my plea is let’s work together in a world where we have the same opportunities to achieve success . let’s use our power which we have so we can conquer the world, the world is moving fast, and we have tried to move at the same pace. let’s walk this journey together, lets empower each other and aim for the top. Maybe one day a very big organisation shall have only female heads as bosses. For everyone out there be it a young women or man who dreams of a better world, lets start now and join this fight for equality and inclusion. Let’s live in a society that includes everyone. Not saying we are perfect and we should all forcefully be friends but let’s always try to forgive one another and to separate differences with the love for success. Let’s continue this fight and the only way is greatness

To all my fellow women who have paved way for us and the generations to come, Thank you

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DECISIONS

‘staying holy should be throught the year’

My dearest friend,

Am very sure you are well since it’s no sin reading from me.

I will be precise since I know you well and how quick you get tired,  you may change your mind and reading may became committing a sin to…

Am extremely surprised by how so blind you are. By the way staying holy should be throughout the year.I have been very patient with you since I am nice to the kind like you. On a positive note I don’t regret being a friend because you have learned a thing or two that are worthwhile.

Bye now, the sweet beginnings have sadly ended painfully but I don’t want you anymore.Am guessing the separation will purify you even more holy one. Let me stop here so u can quickly go into routine and go down on your knees.

Yes, this was for you unfortunately, won’t let you sin any longer by reading more.I should enjoy retiring from you my dearest friend not only because you are such hard work but also because am bold enough to make big decisions.

Its me your ever genuine friend.

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CECAFA Women’s Championships

‘Never let anyone tell you that you can’t do something, always believe in yourself’

It’s been awesome to get back in the National side. This time being human not going to lie was a little nervous. The team did well in the African Women’s Championship, so of course my expectations were very high. Arrived in Uganda very excited to meet my teammates for the first time some of them. Something I’ve been looking forward to.

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The mood in camp was so nice, I enjoyed every minute of it. The girls were extremely fast and everyone was so enthusiastic. There was something different about the whole mood especially for me, maybe having missed out on the AFCON earlier I have been hungry abit more and I was very much looking forward to getting back in the side with the team.

 

Unfortunately, CECAFA was postponed due to the lack of funds but I appreciated the opportunity I got . I am very ready to get back in the side and content for that number one spot, I am fighting for a starting position on the team and being one of the older ones I embrace the pressure but also want to inspire the younger ones to believe in the power of teamwork and togetherness as we together fight for the win, I love my country. I have been on full time training with some of my teammate while we wait for the dates to come out and I must accept I have enjoyed every minute of it all. It’s been challenging but what’s life without the challenges.

I continue to work hard, work smart as I gain more experience and stay patient for my moment on the National Team. My moment is yet to come.

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Never let anyone tell you that you can’t do something, always believe in yourself and know you have the power to make all things possible by the power and faith granted unto you by the Lord.

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FOOTBALL4GOOD

‘For the young girls and boys in my country, you are the reason I do what I do’

My life so far,

Wow I look back and this year is filled with mixed emotions.

Nothing has come easy and I have had to work incredibly hard, but the biggest challenge has been the sacrifices I have had to make. But with it all, I am thankful to the Lord for the love and guidance He has shown me ever since. Good things have always been too good to be true but now I say it’s the mindset. Everything that happens to us is in the mind. I thank the Good Lord for the opportunities that I have got so far and the time.

I recently got interviewed by Street football world in their Football4Good magazine where I featured on the cover to, you can read my interview on bit.ly/2rrg6ak

One of my American friends calls me a camera whore, well maybe sometimes it’s not to bad to share your story to help inspire so many other people’s lives.

I am an open book, and this is because I love to see so many of my friends, young kids and young generation all over the world succeed beyond what I will ever do.

For the young girls and boys in my country, you are the reason I do what I do, because you push me to do more so that when you look at my journey you will believe in your dreams.

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ONE MORE HOUR

‘That last hour towards a moment could be the difference between our success and failure’

Time is one of the most precious gifts we have. How we use it, it’s always up to us but time waits for no man. I have also lived by the saying time is money since my primary school days. We always know when we have a lot of time on us, but the dilemma comes when we realise we are running out of time. Sometimes having an hour or a few more minutes towards an event in a lifetime to prepare for an occasion can be a scary moment. I have witnessed a couple of moments were classmates have panicked in the last few hours to an exam and some even ended up having panic attacks, thank God I haven’t had one ever, or to be modest let’s say yet( am smiling to myself) only because me and my younger sister often resisted smiling or laughing at anyone who got bad luck with fear it would come upon us to as a curse for laughing. I feel ashamed to say I don’t care now coz I think we all somehow have the power to control what happens in our lives.

Imagine that last hour towards your wedding, towards seeing your long-distance lover, towards giving birth, towards winning that gold medal, towards proposing to your fiancé, towards going for that job interview, towards the game, to wake up. So many thoughts constantly run through our minds, when the time is slowly running out on us.

I once had a close friend who was a school teacher years ago, we all know that kind of friend who means the world to us but nothing beyond. But of course, it’s always misinterpreted differently when you are a lot closer. That last hour on the early morning of when his partner decided to come home and let my mother know, okay let’s say report because that was her intension was the scariest moment of my life. So many things went through my mind those last few minutes when I knew she was coming through our gate, my God! I had had mental rehearsals about this moment as she had often threatened to some many times, this time she wasn’t turning back. I was nervous, I was scared, I was shaking, I walked out of the house filled with fear to check if she had turned up and she had indeed. I thought of one hundred things I would have done to stop her but I was frozen in the mind full of disbelief that the moment she had threatened of for so many days was moments away from coming to pass. I had no energy left anymore to explain that we weren’t as close as she thought because I had tired myself out explaining to her on a couple of occasions…whatever happened after that…its worse than I can write so will leave that for some other day when I get the courage. But I still wonder now what I could have done then to stop it, but I was only a young girl still in school… Don’t judge me you as if you have always told your parents of all your friends and relationships. And just like you, I hadn’t because there was nothing apart from a genuine friendship. On that occasion I didn’t succeeded, I had suspected the moment was coming for days and I didn’t prepare for it but in my defence, I was only a child.

That last hour towards a moment could be the difference between our success and failure, at times people give up with in this time because they think its too late or maybe they are overwhelmed with fear of knowing what the outcome is going to be. But like I said we are human and somehow, we have the power. Good preparation could be one of the ways we could avoid living in fear during the last hour and instead look forward to what the outcomes must be. we need to be brave, deal with the challenges, attack life without fear, take risks, live without regrets and even when we have one more hour, let’s stay calm and trust in our abilities. And maybe sometimes let nature take its course.

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A UGANDAN GIRL’S PLEA

‘I think we are let down on several occasions’

The cocktail of what happens in this land is at least way more predictable than the British weather.

I’ve grown there. Unlike those who live close to the sea side along the shores of Entebbe, I live in a small town Kasangati. I love it. I have been there all my life and was infact born in one of the hospitals there. Am blushing now because sometimes it crosses my mind and I wonder if my mother’s birth pains were way too much that she couldn’t travel to a further bigger hospital. But I like it, makes me feel so attached to the place. I live in the UK now, but I really like it when I go home. During the night, I always hear beating drums from a nearby school while I sleep not sure why they always sing at night, sometimes it’s the loud music from the night parties but I guess am used to it now.

Last year I went to one of the villages deep in further from Gayaza for one of my football clinics, the passion I saw these young girls and boys display touching a football was amazing. img_6238

We sometimes take so many opportunities for granted but for me going on these clinics teaches me a lot.  Football is more than just a game I always say. As a young girl I always trained and had hopes of playing pro one day. This is the dream of every Ugandan girl who plays football. The girls are so talented I assure you.img_6244-e1521985409623.jpg

But sadly, somehow, I think we are let down on several occasions. A league was started three years ago, I haven’t yet got a chance to play in it but am sure is full of talent.  I have heard on a few occasions teams drop out due to several reasons, at least two since the league started, most of them are always financial reasons.

What’s the hope of a young girl who dreams of becoming a professional to keep playing? On the national team just like in so many countries except Norway and others I don’t know of yet who pay the same salaries to their women’s squads just as their male counter parts, there’s a lot of inequality still. A good example of that is the daily allowances of 10,000 Ugandan Shilling compared to the 20,000 Ugandan Shillings the men get. By the way that’s 2 pounds and 4 pounds respectively when converted in British pounds. Imagine working an entire day for 2 pounds as a woman and 4 as a man…am not questioning that and I don’t really mind, as a player as long as am playing. My point here is the inequality. Why not give the same amount for the women who train the same, give up the same time to serve their country just the same way. What I mean is equal pay to the men and women’s squads for the same efforts.

I realise that issues such as Equality and inclusion haven’t been addressed in our country or if they have been at all they haven’t been emphasized. In my opinion I feel we are slightly left behind and need to try and catch up. I think we need to stop rejoicing when we are made to believe that we are getting something other than what we deserve or what we are meant to get in reality …well not sure many of you will get that statement but I have no better way of putting it so that it doesn’t sound as bad, I hope am also not misquoted to.

I have been on ground and have heard a young Ugandan girls plea in the so many community outreaches I have done.img_6240We should all have the same opportunities. Not just with football but so many other jobs to like in Hospitals, Schools and others. As women we need to stand up and start asking for what we deserve. Staying silent will never change anything. Am sure sometimes speaking out gets us in trouble especially in the African culture where speaking up and saying facts for the good of change hasn’t been embraced yet and at times is seen to be an attack towards whoever but it’s not the case.

Women of this beautiful pearl of Africa, lets stay united and not fear intimidation. Let’s not settle for less but settle for only what we deserve. Let’s stay together in this fight and make history. Of course, it’s such a long way but every stride in the right direction counts. Gender Equality should be our fight. Embracing inclusion should be the other where regardless of who we love, our colour or background we are given equal opportunities.We should aspire to be role models for girls to look up to us so they can believe in their dreams. img_6245

This fight becoming a reality will give hope to so many young girls who dream of not only playing football but other sports to and jobs to believe in the integrity of the system. Doing the right thing gives us satisfaction and we should all strive to always be brave and have the courage to stand up and speak up on issues that matter and those that will change our society for the better.

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The Questions

‘you will never be without a friend’

That battle in the mind, how do we stand up tall and win? Its like David and Goliath. Because these always seem undefeatable and gross! Can’t explain it better…

How do you get up again after you have failed so many times?

How do u get the motivation to keep going after you have been told repeatedly you are not good enough?

How do u get off the couch knowing your teammate is working ten times harder to earn you spot?

How do you remain consistent after you have reached the top?

Despite the questions always know, you will never be without a friend. Those hard days where u feel alone is when you are not alone. I think we all have our guardian Angels even on earth. Take the big step and get off the couch! Stop feeling sorry for yourself and try. The reason I try is because I want to see how far I can go. There’s no limitation to what we can do and its not just a word, we must believe it.

Nothing is Easy, some days are harder than others but always find a positive when things are hard, rehearse every situation in your mind so that it will be easy when the time comes…because I don’t know to, maybe some questions don’t have answers…

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One More Time.

‘Miracle workers don’t get to quit’

With football, everyday is a day to try one more time.

To be stronger, to be a leader, responsible, fearless and calm.

I have the passion, I must be strong, fast, fearless, have the team work , the desire to improve, and the hunger to win.

Always believe in your hard work because it works, it always pays off and every little step taken to improve yourself always counts.

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For me football is more than just a game, it brings happiness and sometimes my most challenging moments. There days I feel so low probably when I haven’t had a good game, days I feel like retiring because I don’t feel good enough, and the inequality within the men and the women’s game also such a challenge. But we fight on to change that. All these at times create a battle within my heart because football means so much,but everyday we try one more time. I have met incredible people. And i always say we cant achieve anything alone, it takes a team.

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Through my entire life, football has been the most popular sport. Be it the media, sponsors, fans, players, the young generation now all dream of being professional players.

But for me football is more than just a game, it’s changed my life. I want to give back to the communities and want to be in a position where I can be able to inspire so many girls and show them there’s opportunities for us all if we work hard and make sacrifices.

 

You must be a miracle worker if you are to get the life changing opportunities in your life and Miracle workers don’t get to quit. You must keep going when the going gets tough.

My dream is to give back to the game that has meant so much to me. I dream of working for FIFA or CAF one day and the United Nations. Yes, very big dreams but nothing is impossible, and we should all set our dreams so high up and work our selves off to achieve them. when things don’t work out today, try one more time everyday…

Until next time, have a wonderful week.

 

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CAF WOMEN’S SYMPOSIUM

‘Am more grateful to all who put me in this position ‘

This week turned out to be more than I expected, nothing is more rewarding than spending your days doing what you love . I had the pleasure of being invited for the CAF Women’s Symposium in Marrakech, Morocco.

I can’t put into words what an amazing experience its been. Straight from Zurich from the FIFA Equality and Inclusion as a speaker to this, doing things I love. I am more grateful to all who put me in this position, to God for always giving me strength and for you all for the endless messages of support I receive every day in my inbox.

I have met incredible people and made a lot of friends I hope to have with me for not only life but also for the togetherness of us developing women’s football.

I got to play along side these great Legends of Africa. What an honour

Special thanks to Concave football boots, Common Goal, Sseninde Foundation and everyone who is with me on this journey. Not as straight as it may seem but am grateful for the opportunity and strength I get everyday from the Lord to keep going.

Until next time, I want to say Thank you to everyone who has been there for me through it all . Merci as I learnt in French this week.

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Thank you

‘Thank you’

Nothing achieved alone is worthwhile. Mayb there’s I don’t know, am not a prophet to know that. But this week has made me believe in hard work. It’s such a simple word we’ve all heard a number of times and probably now take for granted. My way of describing this is sleepless nights, tears, missing loved ones, hungry, and even more . For some reason I feel I have not had anything easy in my life , I have worked hard and earned it all and where I didn’t work hard I failed.

To achieve a goal you must have a vision and the will power to go after your dreams. This week felt like a taste to what life can be when u work hard thank the Good Lord. I started my UEFA B licence on the 28/02/18. I wanted to do this expensive course for such a longtime. Am grateful thanks to the FA.

After making sure I will get my last two days from block one with another county, I guaranteed my invitation with FIFA as a speaker for the equality and inclusion conference. This was a dream come true because I had dreamt of this moment for a while. On the 01/03/18 I set off for Switzerland in Zurich. Excited, I got to visit the FIFA world football museum, was lovely.

Preparations for the conference were underway, excited for my first opportunity I woke up happy as this is the day I had waited for, worked hard for and I didn’t want to miss saying the right words. Turned out to be a good first time. I don’t regret anything. Representing Common Goal organisation, Uganda, Crystal Palace, Sseninde Foundation, Swdfc and many young girls without a voice, Incredible. I made sure I look the best I can, it came with a cost.

I did it, but I don’t say I anymore because am apart of a very big team. I thank my Common goal teammates, Crystal Palace, my Family, friends and the fans who have been there for me. I met friends for life who I hope to stay in touch.

This moment is going to live in my heart forever. I hope it inspires so many other girls and boys to know that dreams do come true . A team is better than one. Being selfish never brings results. We must utilise the need for one another to get the best out of the world. I want to thank each and everyone of you for being there for me. We are one team. And now I head off to Morocco for the CAF women’s symposium.

I hope to update you more and show u that visions can turn to reality. We are one team . With lots of love, thank you.

Jean.

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Common Goal

‘Common Goal includes everyone’

This week is special , something that I have dremt of my life is going to happen thanks to the strong mind I’ve always had to take big steps and go get what i want. Six years ago, I left my family and friends for the first time, boarded a plane for the first time and I arrived in a new country England where i knew no one. I was however full of dreams and determination to achieve my goals and am thankful for everyone who has helped me and is still helping me achieve just that.

I always want to have young girls look at my journey and have hope that their dreams are going to come true. Iam the girl who has turned into a woman. I have learnt alot of lessons along my way, I admit its not an easy road. The bumps I’ve had, I will leave that for another day but today , let me talk about Common Goal.

Common Goal is a movenment lead by players pledging a percentage of our salaries to football charities around the world. This movement started with just a single player Juan Mata but we are currently 44players from 6 continents and growing everyday. I am very proud of being the first African and Ugandan to join Common Goal.

When i first saw a post on instagram about Common Goal it was about Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe being the first women to join the movement. I was very impressed, I continued reading more about the movenment and realised its the organisation i want to be apart of. It is such a natural experience being apart of such a great organisation as everything thats involved is what I love to. The rest is history now. Being apart of Common Goal has changed my life. Nothing feels better than being apart of a team where we all share the same commitment of a footballing cause to make a difference in other peoples lives, it’s incredible .  Common Goal  includes everyone. Men, Women, Agencies,Federations, Teams, Media companies,Sponsors and the whole football industry at large .

This week I go to Zurich for the FIFA conference on Equality and Inclusion . I can’t wait because I have dreamt of this moment all my life. Thanks to Common Goal , I can be able to be a speaker and represent this great movenment. Joining Common Goal changed my life, I can be able to do what I love while being apart of a big team that shares the same dream. Am excited for the future. I call upon more players to join Common Goal for the opportunities  have changed my life and made me meet incredible people . Being apart of an organisation that includes everyone and strives to change so many others people’s lives is awesome. Lets not forget we havent hit the one year mark yet but already one of the biggest movements in the world.

Am very proud of being apart of Common Goal .

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Basics

‘Dont settle for less than what you think you deserve’

Give up or not? Its the question that battles most of us all day and night , but giving up is never an option. It only makes things worse, so i thought of another way. its not as though theres’nt any other options but this among others.

Go back to Basics but don’t settle for less than what you think you deserve. The battle in the heart, who wins? I don’t know to. Being in a quiet place and thinking of nothing is how I find myself, but everyone knows what works for them.  You succeed when you get the opportunities, take them all because you don’t know when they are all going to be gone. Sometimes the low moments push us to be stronger but at times people do give up. please don’t judge a soul before you know their situation. Everyone is fighting a battle inside, all that glitters …

What do you do when you have done something before and came out on top and then the other time you just don’t, how many times have you felt like you are not good enough and its always you. This life is a never-ending journey as I’ve said before, you keep moving. When you get to an obstacle and succeed, then look forward to another. It’s like a never-ending cycle.

There’s no hiding place with life, you either stand strong and walk on or find and excuse to stop. Its such a long way to stop…(sadly). sometimes we must go back to basics and stand firm on what we deserve. On this journey I’ve always said how its important to stay patient. but you know your goals, always push yourself to be better. It’s good to go back to basics sometimes, but also push yourself and see how far you can go. Don’t settle for less than what u think you deserve.

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While its dark

‘The safe places are the ones with no light in them’

 

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Maybe it starts from within, I don’t know, but I once heard a confession in church when I was younger, a confession I didn’t even understand then. ‘God excuses the young ones’ they always say, because they are not aware of what they are doing, but I remember comprehending everything so quickly. Church is a holy place, and we all hope to confess and be forgiven. When a contagious disease strikes few survive.

In my case, it feels like I was infected immediately with a contagious disease while that girl confessed! Maybe it was because of my judgement, but in my defence, I guess I didn’t understand much then. Why I wasn’t pardoned, I don’t know.  but many years later I sin instead still seeking for salvation. Occasionally being my own comforter that maybe its fine after roll. Weather I heal soon…who knows? Will wait around, and hope darkness quickly turns to light soon while I keep trying to figure out right and wrong.

The safe places are the ones with no light in them, for there’s no one to fear. A chance to get naked and get to know who you really are, maybe that darkness you see when you close your eyes shows that darkness isn’t bad after roll because you get to focus. Maybe…

This life is a continuous process that mathematically seems not to be solved, scientifically it keeps recycling. it’s a never-ending process. I better wear my fighting amour because even while its dark, I still fight through the darkness for when the day comes I must be ready to attack. For now, while its still dark, let me fight on …

 

 

 

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INSTINCT

‘every second counts on the road to greatness’

One of the greatest gifts we all possess is our instinct, to me it’s a voice that always speaks right. Most of the good things that have happened to me have been because I’ve listened to my inner voice and the bad because I didn’t.

I have this friend of mine I’ve just met recently, I have every reason to smile because within a short space of time, time that I don’t even have, I’ve managed to smile, and have my share of happiness in my busy schedule. Only thing is I keep getting scared when …is around, I feel my heart racing fast and sometimes it feels as though they could kill m* for obvious reasons ‘good ‘friends could do, jealousy. It’s not that I don’t listen to my instinct and run away, am still very scared, but am trying to be brave and believe that love will over come all odds and I will survive. I hope I do…

When we are on our various journeys, it’s not all merry, some days are good, and some days are bad. On the good days, we celebrate and during the bad days we need people, family and friends. These are the people who lift us up in moments when we feel low, so I say we need people in our lives regardless. I’ve always said we cannot do things alone, we need people. When you are alone, you can achieve a lot, but together as a team there’s no limitation to what we can achieve.

Its important to have people we trust on our team, people who believe in our dreams and have the love of what they are doing to contribute positively to the team. I always listen to my heart and hope that the pieces will come together in the future. It’s important to do the things we believe in when we have the opportunity because we don’t know what tomorrow will bring. These days things change in a split second and feels as though life is at a sprinting pace, there’s no time to blink and rest, every second counts on the road to greatness.

Let’s cherish the random people we meet who wish us well, sometimes keeping contact of that one person we meet is the key that unlocks opportunities.

Finally, I believe that when we are alone which seems to be the case on numerous occasions, we are never short of who to talk to, or who to listen to when we are making the big choices/decisions in our lives and that’s our instincts…

 

Liaison Officer.

To achieve anything, you have to give everything!

One month ago I was flying back to London the next day when I received an email appointing me as a Liaison officer for the under 20 men’s East African Championship. Due to my experience in competitions especially running the Sseninde Women’s Development Cup for the last four years, this is something I’ve been waiting for, another challenge to push my limits.

Before letting you know what I decided to do, let me rewind back to last year in Dec 2018 when I was approached to do a women’s football strategy for Ugandan women’s football. Such an honour and seemed straight forward and indeed it was especially the part of writing ideas on paper, that was the easy part but the journey was incredibly hard between the period I finished the first draft till the day it was approved by the executive committee of the Ugandan Federation. Cutting this bit of the write up short, it’s been one of the hardest things I’ve had to do this year in particular having to push 110% and give everything to get 1% of something back! Call me if you want to know details. My say on this is I will never regret this decision because I have always wanted to see the best for women’s football in our country and with this the fight to develop women’s football is one step ahead.

Before that I had the 4th Edition of the Sseninde Women’s Development Cup . One of the most perfectly executed tournaments in my Edition. The fans were incredible, the players, the atmosphere and wow the guests!!! We had the Chief of Women’s Football FIFA Sarai Bareman as chief guest, Safia Abdel Dayem Head of Women’s Football Development, Dominika Netschova my teammate in Uk and Solomon Dalung former Sports & Youth development minister in Nigeria as official guests.

The most challenging part I will be open and mention, I was incredibly disappointed by the fact that amidst this struggle of running this tournament for four years in a row successfully with own salary, I got various people waiting for me after the tournament waiting to be given money just for coming to support women playing football or even members of the media asking for money for having covered the tournament and most don’t even report about it at all. Women’s game is at a rise and most people are now taking advantage to gain every little bit of money out of it from organisations supporting women playing football.

In a nut shell, this was the most challenging tournament both mentally, physically, financially, emotionally and more yet the best out of the four editions. To achieve anything you have to give everything! I have everything for this tournament to the extent that I was extremely drained in every way. The lessons I have learned out of this tournament have been second to non. The wealth of experience I have gained has been tremendous. The girls/women who have benefited from this tournament everyday motivate me to continue doing this, nor notably national team sensations Fauzia Najjemba and Nalukenge Juliet both who are on the national team of Uganda after taking part in the first edition of the tournament. Let’s see what next year holds because I am incredibly committed to see other women/girls get better and equal opportunities to became successful.

Going back, I accepted to stay in Uganda and help out on the East and Central African Football Associations Under 20, I am the CECAFA – FUFA liaison officer for the East And Central African Footbal Associations here in Jinja Uganda. I must admit it’s been one of the most interesting roles I have had to fill, I am enjoying every minute of it, despite the lack of ample preparations and clear communications from the Local Organising Committee, I have managed the situation really well, managed to fix a few problems here & there and honestly, right now there’s no where I would rather be.

This has been a long write up tho it explains why I have been really silent for the past couple of months, it’s been incredibly challenging to take in a million things that came at me all at once, I handled the situation really well and now am sure am getting out on the other side stronger, better and an incredibly hardworking, committed, reliable, responsible and a lady who can work with no supervision at all.