FUFA Women Super League – What To Look Out For

2022/23 FUFA Women Super League fixture:

The new season of the FUFA Women Super League, a top-flight women’s domestic football league in the country, is here.

The season gets underway this Saturday with a Makerere derby as defending Champions She Corporate (MUBS) face She Mak (Makerere University) at the Makerere main ground.

After last season went to the wire, this one also promises to be a closely contested one. And here is what to look out for ahead of this new edition.

Two-Horse Race?

National pride – She Corporate represented Uganda at CAF Zonal Qualifiers in Arusha

Not many times has the title gone to the wire in any competition setting. But last season, in the FUFA Women Super League, She Corporate were crowned champions just on goal difference. And it was a script well written in that the last game was between the two title chasers She Corporate and Kampala Queens, and the with the later needing nothing but a win, a goalless draw was the end result. The Sharks were then declared champions on a better goal difference of one as both teams had tied on goal difference.

Not much is expected to change, unless it’s an element of surprise but it promises to be another battle between two sides this season as well. And that has already shown in the transfer market.

She Corporate will be hoping to building from their CAF Zonal Qualifiers were they lost to Simba Queens on the final, and have had a couple of good additions as well. Anita Namata joined from Uganda Martyrs while striker Joanita Ainembabazi was signed from Rines. Esther Naluyimba, Spencer Nakachwa, Phoebe Banura, Cissy Nakate, Zahara Nankya etc are the other additions.

Kampala Queens have added a couple as well including She Cranes defender Sumaya Komuntale. Elizabeth Nakigozi, Daisy Nakaziro, Grace Aluka, Asia Nakibuuka and Teddy Najjuma.

And the team, funded by FUFA Boss Moses Magogo has reportedly added legendary striker Hassifa Nassuna who reached her 100-goal milestone last season.

Can the Newcomers Shine?

Asubo Gafford set for their debut in top flight

Asubo Gafford Ladies and She Mak (Makerere University) are the newly promoted sides for the 2022/23 FUFA Women Super League after finishing top of their respective groups in the Elite League (Second division).

The two replaced She Maroons and Tooro Queens who were relegated last season.

Unlike She Mak, Asubo will be making their debut in top flight. They have appointed coach Isaac Ogogo (Soccer Star Academy) for this new adventure, replacing Benjamin Wanyama who did not have the required CAF C licence. Ogogo was at Isra team and did a good job with the youngsters which is the biggest composition of the team at Gafford. The team will be hosting their games at Kampala Quality, moving away from Kiteezi ground that didn’t pass the requirements.

Gafford have added some new faces; Brenda Nalumu (Lady Doves), Moreen Nangozi (Ajax Queens), Shakira Nagudi (Kataka She) while Priscilla Kantono returns from loan (Bugerere).

She Mak have retained most of their players that helped them finish the Elite League unbeaten last season with their big exits including Fatuma Nakasumba and Aisha Namagembe who moved to South Sudan’s Kator while goalkeeper Hajjara Nankya was loaned to She Corporate.

The two newcomers are big contenders for the drop but some teams have not done well in the window after last season’s struggles. Rines survived on the last day of the season, Uganda Martyrs and UCU lost a couple of first team players while it remains to be seen if Lady Doves have come of age after that transition last season.

The Stars To Watch

Hassifa Nassuna. Stephen Mayamba photo

It’s the stars that get fans flooding into grounds to watch the games because of their ability to produce magic and change proceedings. The Women Super League has got quite many at their level as well including She Corporate’s scoring midfielder Phionah Nabbumba who was voted the MVP of last season. She is reportedly linked to Simba Queens after her exploits in the CAF Women’s Champions League Qualifiers and it remains to be seen if she will stay.

Hassifa Nassuna who reached her century last season, is surely the most talked about Female footballer in the country since her days at Kawempe Muslim. The talented attacker is linked with a move away from UCU, but whichever team she will turn up for, expect her magic.

Shamirah Nalugya who prefers to call herself Tint-bae because of her hair style is now a household name due to her recent National team engagements while her Kampala Queens teammate Margaret Kunihira is another star attraction due to her speed and flair down the flanks.

Sharon Namatovu scored 13 goals to win the FUFA Elite League top scorer gong and it remains to be seen if she can find the scoring boots in top flight and compete for the top scorer gong this when given the absence of last season’s winner Fazilah Ikwaput while Kawempe Queens duo Shakira Nyinagahirwa and Hadija Nandago are also expected to light up the league.

Media Coverage

One of the things the current FUFA leadership has done right is to promote the Women game, and getting these games on TV is an extra milestone for the league. Some games were broadcast live last season but there were silent complaints from some teams who claimed that Kampala Queens (of FUFA Boss Moses Magogo) received more coverage on FUFA TV.

There is hope for equality at least this season as more games are expected to be broadcast live on FUFA TV. And away from that, there is grown interest in the game from the rest of other media especially Online. The Women Super League kicks off earlier than the Men’s leagues (UPL, Big League and Regional) and there will not be any excuse for it not to get the required coverage and attention it deserves.

And after recent success of Women National teams in the previous years mainly the return to Women AFCON, the Women game is on the rise. And the ball is in FUFA court to build from that success going forward in terms of acquiring the league sponsorship among others.

Did you know – The FUFA Women Super League was rebranded from the Elite Women Football League that was then considered as the top flight division in the country. The Elite League had been held for five seasons, with the first four won by Kawempe Muslims (2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17 & 2017/18) before UCU Lady Canons won the 2018/19 season.

The Women Super League was then introduced in 2019/20 season, with the champion of the new version determined after a round robin format (home and away) unlike the previous Elite League where a final had to be played. Elite League is now the second tier.

Lady Doves and She Corporate have won the previous seasons in that order, and have represented the country at the CAF Women’s Champions League Zonal Qualifiers as well.



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