Players Abroad: Tracy Jones Akiror Living Her Dream

Growing up in Luzira, a suburb in Kampala, Tracy Jones Akiror always dreamt about playing Football abroad.

Akiror moved to USA in August after acquiring a scholarship with Seminole College in Central Oklahoma. She has been a phenomena since joining the Seminole State Trojan Women’s Soccer team where she scored on her debut against Eastland Oklahoma University in the team’s first game on the NJCAA division.

The industrious midfielder even scored four goals against Redlands.

“Life is awesome, with a lot of new experiences, am just enjoying the new environment, meeting new people and making many friends ” she recently stressed.

Born to Robina Night Nasali and James Olongaria, Tracy, as commonly known back home, her rise to fame has been through passion and hardwork.

“If I say I started playing football from my mother’s womb would be the right statement to define my journey. I made my own balls and moved with them to school, and boys could come to me because I was a mastermind,” she laughs with a proud smile.

She further reckons the fact that her parents loved her as a kid but never condoned her playing unlike other parents.

Tracy Jones Akiror (8) joins teammates in celebration

She attended Luzira Church of Uganda where the school started a girls football team – They went on to win an Independence cup after beating Biina Primary School 8-0 where Tracy was named the MVP. “I won balls, jerseys and Sh50,000 and was extremely happy,” Tracy remembers.

She later joined Luzira Primary before moving to St Mary’s Nkumba (O’level) and St Julian Gayaza (A’level).

Tracy has played in various football academies and she credits Destiny Soccer academy for her success. The first day at training at the academy was enough for her to cement a starting position ahead of boys, voted MVP and won golden boot in the U12 tournament when she was just 8yrs old. “Winning boys was normal because I played against them from the beginning.”

She joined Kawempe Muslim in 2014, where she rose to fame, winning the FUFA Elite League four straight seasons.

“Joining Kawempe Muslim is one of my best decisions in my career as we dominated women football until just last season when UCU Lady Cardinals stopped our run.”

Her major honours include being named MVP in 2017/18 and 2018/19, captaining the national team in CECAFA 2018 where the team won silver and a bronze in COSAFA 2018.

Hardwork: Tracy in training

Quick Ones:

*Best Dish – Atapa and meat.

*Worst moment – Losing to UCU on the finals, something that has not happened before.

*Aspiration – Being a role model to other young players

*Crazy Love life moment – Him escaping through the window at midnight and moving that late for an hour just to come and apologise to me, how I felt so Sweet.

*Bigger Dream – Playing In Spain.



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