The Uganda Cranes are playing against Nigerâ€™s national side in a qualifier game to decide who goes to the Africa Cup of Nations next year. fred kaweesi and michael Nsubuga asked some of Ugandaâ€™s top female fans how they picked interest in football and what their
predictions for todayâ€™s match are.
Deborah Nakamanya, SC Villa fan
I started supporting football in 1997, while studying at Kololo SS. There were so many students playing in the Super division.
It is a sport I played right from childhood. I later played for the She Kobs and was a member of the SC Villa Fans Club executive. The match I remember the most was when SC Villa beat Express in the 2003 CECAFA tournament. I was overjoyed. My worst game was when Villa lost to the Angolan club, AS Aviacao 2-0. My favourite player is Nestroy Kizito and I predict that the Uganda will beat Niger 3-0 (two will be penalties).
There is a lot you get from football. You meet many people and make friends. For example, I was once arrested, but because I had friends from football, they helped me out.
Jane Kasumba, UBC PRO and sports anchor
I started supporting football during the Mexico World Cup; I was very young then.
I would watch the game on tv and learn the playersâ€™ and coachesâ€™ names. I found it like chess. I like chess and the positioning of the football players was like chess. There were tactics.
The most memorable match for me was when Manchester United beat Bayern Munich in 1999, it was unbelievable
My favourite players internationally are Frank Beckenbeur, Zidane Zinedine and Pele but every woman would like David Beckham. In local football, I admire David Obua and Ibrahim Ssekagya.
For the Uganda Vs Niger match, I predict the Cranes will win 2-0. I would have hoped for a higher score for the Cranes but they do not have finisher.
Afsa Nangendo, a business lady
I started supporting football in 1995. It was during a training session for KCC FC that I attended with friends. I was just attracted to the sport. It was passion that naturally comes when you like something at first sight.
My most memorable match was KCC FCâ€™s last match that helped them win the 1997 league title.
I admire Nigeriaâ€™s Nwankwo Kanu and my prediction for the Uganda â€” Niger match is 3-0 in favour of the Cranes.
Women who are not interested in football are really missing out. There is this addiction in the sport that shields you from any other bad temptations like going to discos. It is a good and safe way to relax.
Mama Baker Kazibwe, a renown Cranes and Express FC fan
I started supporting football in 1974 while still in school, after visiting Nakivubo with my brothers during a league match between Express FC and Nsambya FC. I was impressed by Express in their red jerseys, a colour that was similar to that of my school house team.
I introduced singing and dancing (cheer leading) during the matches. In 1975, I introduced the hiring of buses and taxis that would transport fans to different venues to watch football. I travelled a lot with the various teams and the national team around East and Central Africa.
With Betty Nalima, I introduced women football in Uganda in 1991 but it is disappointing to see no womenâ€™s league at the moment.
The Uganda Vs Niger game will be a very difficult game despite some press reports dismissing our opponents as minors. Our boys should be focused. They should not think of the rewards that they have been promised. They should avoid complacency lest we get out with nothing like we did against Rwanda. But I predict a 3-0 win for the Cranes.
I remember the match between Express FC and Enugu Rangers of Nigeria in the 1970â€™s. Express held Enugu 0-0 away only to be held 2-2 in the return leg at Nakivubo. Express lost the Africa Winnersâ€™ Cup that easily.