The month of January will have the Ugandan women referees officiating at five continental games across the continent.
The continental football body (CAF) has appointed referee Ssemambo Nabikko as fourth official for the clash between neighbours Kenya and Mozambique on January 14 in Nairobi. Ssemambo comes in as a last minute replacement for Kanyembo Kyabuta Julie whom CAF has withdrawn from the list. The game will have the first three referees coming from DR Congo. Burundi FA president Lydia Nsekera is the match commissioner.
During the same weekend, Hajat Aisha Nalule will
have travelled to Cairo for the 8th Africa women championship preliminary round encounter between Egypt and Ethiopia. The following weekend of January 20-22, another set of four Ugandan referees will be in Nairobi again to handle the match between Kenya and Nigeria. This will be a preliminary round match for the U17 women world cup qualifiers. FIFA has picked Namubiru Irene as the centre referee assisted by Mukasa Diana and Nakitto Marex. Ssemambo Aisha will travel as the standby referee.
The return leg between Ethiopia and Egypt has also been given out to excelling Ugandan female referees on January 27-29 in Addis Ababa. Semambo Nabikko Aisha will be in charge of this game with Mukasa Diana and Nakitto Marex as her assistants. Namubiru Irene travels as the fourth official.
Meanwhile Uganda’s National football women team, the Crested Cranes will take on DR Congo in Nakivubo on January 14. Entry fee is free for women and men will Part with only Shs.5000 for both open and covered stands. The team started a non residential training on January 2 at Wankulukuku and will enter the residential camp on Saturday at Kavumba recreation centre. CAF has appointed a set of four referees from Egypt to handle our game. (Rogers Mulindwa-Head of Communications, FUFA)