Esther Kwagala: Junior Gazelles Player Leaves For United States

Point guard Esther Kwagala has departed for the United States to continue with her academics while pursuing a career in basketball.

Kwagala played on the Uganda Women’s National basketball U16 team in various tournaments including the U16 Afrobasketball Championship in Rwanda and U18 Africa Cup Championship in 2019.

Her growth in the sports was cultivated by her home, Watoto which is known for the love of the sport and its impact in grooming young talent.

She has been part of Score Beyond, an organization that focuses on the social development of the community through sports.

Esther Kwagala (left) and coach Rogers Sserunyigo

While at her farewell party in Watoto Bbira, Coach Ali Mavita who has watched her grow closely in the sport stated that: “I have seen Kwagala grow from strength to strength to become the best U18 point guard the country currently has. She is a definition of hardwork pays.”

Kwagala was playing in the lower division for the Watoto Team but wasn’t part of the 2021 squad due to medical issues.

She joins the likes of Lydia Babirye who also is a groomed talent from Watoto and an affiliate of the Score Beyond.

Appreciation is extended to Watoto for grooming and growing young talent in basketball. Score Beyond continues to enjoy the fruits of its alumni making it big through the sports such as Martha Nandutu who currently plays for UCU on scholarship, Hope Akello who is a renowned superstar in the sport and plays for JKL, Akullo Melissa who is also currently playing in the states for Vanguard University among others who feature in the local leagues.



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