“I take this special opportunity to thank each and everyone of you that cheered us on from a far, we felt loved, supported and heard.”
One of the most challenging but enjoyable and rewarding things I’ve ever done.
Changing perceptions in a country where women are still yet to get equal opportunity to participate in sports , a country that faced war and new to the footballing community. We committed to using football as a tool to educate our administrators, fans, media, players and others. To empower women and girls, unite communities, promote peace, create a platform for all players, coaches, administrators, referees to practice their trade and create a pathway for players into the first active women’s National team, to build a fan base and more! This is only the beginning.
I have had an amazing opportunity to work with a team with which together we achieved incredible steps in the right direction, we have trained over 90 women coaches, 40 women administrators, introduced more women referees to the game, created the first ever women’s national league, re- activated the women’s national team after appointing the first countries women’s football coach. We inspired a generation of young players to play football all in a space of one year and it’s only the beginning. I am very confident as I hand over to this amazing team that through their tremendous effort they have been well equipped and will be able to push forward.
As I close this amazing chapter and prepare to open a new one, I will forever be grateful for the lessons learned, amazing achievements, new friends, memories created, new diehard fans for women’s football in South Sudan, a path created for the future generation of young stars in South Sudan to continue believing and playing football at all levels. I take this special opportunity to thank each and everyone of you that cheered us on from a far, we felt loved, supported and heard.
Sseninde Foundation naturing talents through the Sseninde Women’s Development Cup.
In a bid to inspire girls to play football and nurture their talents, Sseninde Women’s Development Cup tournament was started powered by the Sseninde Foundation with an aim of creating opportunities for both girls and women from the grassroots take part in football and showcase their talents.
More interesting about the tournament is that it involves only players who have never participated in the national leagues or played for the national team, the Uganda Crested Cranes.
The Inaugural Edition was staged on Friday 16th December 2016 at Villa Park in Nsambya and our main target was to empower girls and women who love the game but without opportunities to play.
“The First Edition at Villa Park in 2016 was so amazing as we had a big crowd coming to support the girls and this gave us strength to go on and also showed us that there’s interest for the beautiful game among women and other stakeholders in the football fraternity” Sseninde Jean who is the founder said after the tournament
The Sseninde Women’s Development Football Cup (SWDFC) paved way to both girls and women by creating a platform to nurture and showcase their skills and talents to the rest of the entire nation and Africa at large.
Do you want to know how the Most Valuable Player of the inaugural edition of the Sseninde Women’s development cup looks like now?
It seems like just yesterday we were watching this little magician as an upcoming sensation and a star in the making — but believe it or not, that familiar face is and the then star in the making is definitely all grown up now and she’s raising the national flag high as her progress continues.
Nagadya Catherine was the MVP of the inaugural edition of the Sseninde Women’s Development Cup, a tournament held in 2016.
While some participants and stars of the inaugural edition have decided to leave the spotlight to pursue other careers, Nagadya has since gone on to win hearts of many women football fanatics in the country and has even become more famous than before getting involved in our championship.
For the ultimate nostalgic throwback, we take a look at what our MVP of the inaugural edition of the Sseninde Women’s Development cup is up to now.
We’re very happy, excited and energized to let you know the way abouts of Nagadya Catherine, the most valuable player of the inaugural edition of our championship.
The Katabi born offensive midfielder, is the fourth born child in the family of nine children of Mr. Cyprian Gimei and Ms.Nazziwa Irene.
A student at Uganda Martyrs High School – Lubaga, Nagadya was the Most Valuable Player(MVP) of the inaugural edition of the Sseninde Women’s Development Cup held in 2016.
She has continued to take her football career seriously and she has played for Entebbe Creamland, Princess Diana High School, She Pridihisco, Al’phoenix Golden Girls, Katuuso Community, She Mak, Uganda Martyr’s High School Lubaga (Current Club)
Her resilience, hardwork and self-esteem has seen her rise and become a dependable player for her school, club and country and has also seen her smile to the podium having won a number of accolades to her name as well as earning continuous calls to the Uganda U-17 women football team.
Other girls who are shinning are Fauzia Najjemba who emerged as best midfielder and Nalukenge who is a top striker now for Kawempe Muslim Ladies.
The many trophies they have been able to win include the annual Watoto Wasoka Christmas Camp, Sseninde Women Development Cup, Airtel Rising Stars (U-17), 2019 FUFA Women Cup, FEASSA Cup, U-17 COSAFA championship and the U-17 CECAFA title.
They are all currently part of the Uganda U-17 women football team in preparations to take on Cameroon in a World Cup qualifier.
We’re very proud of them and we’re also optimistic that with their continued hard work and breath taking displays, they are destined for greater milestones in the beautiful game of football including permanent slots on the senior Uganda Women football team (Crested Cranes).
“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.
Am happy and excited to finally start this journey! It’s been on my mind for a very long time and to finally make it a reality is so amazing.
I hope you all enjoy the start of this incredible journey with me, I know it may not be a big deal to some of you but for me every small progress to life is a big deal to me because I believe in progression. This will be an opportunity for me to share some incredible ideas and to Speak Up. My dream is to be of purpose to the world, I’d love to see so many women and men overcome adversity and continue to believe that together we can do what hasn’t been done before. It takes resilience, passion, patience but more importantly standing up to do the right thing. This explains why I have decided to name my website SpeakUp.