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History Maker: FUFA Big League welcomes first ever female coach

Faridah Bulega was one of the best players of her generation. She was part of the Golden Generation that produced Olive Mbekeka-arguably Uganda’s best ever female footballer, Majidah Nantanda, Nakintu Robinah, Annet Nakimbugwe, Fatumah Luwedde and Namata Agnes.

Faridah Bulega (2nd Left) with FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo and FIFA Instructor Hatem Soussie at FUFA Technical Centre this year.

With the FUFA Big League 2015/2016 season set to kick off on Thursday at various grounds, new comers Wakiso United have defied all odds and hired a woman coach with a dream to lead the Kampala Region champions to the Azam Uganda Premier League.

Bulega was a striker during her playing career and with players like Mbekeka, Nantanda and Nakimbugwe around her; she easily hit the back of the net on several occasions.

Having attained the CAF C coaching License-a requirement by FUFA or any Big League club, Bulega was approached by Wakiso United CEO Moses Tamale Bin Muhammad.

‘I received a call from Moses but I never believed that a woman would be sought after for a job to handle a men’s team’ said Bulega a former National team player now aged 27.

Bulega also handles FUFA Women Elite League side Gafford Ladies FC but spends most of her time with a girls’ football team under a Non-Government Organisation called Field Of Dreams Uganda.

Her new employers are extremely happy and are looking forward to seeing her tactics when Wakiso play Synergy on Thursday.

‘She has a brilliant CV and we have been following her performances at various clubs. We are confident we have brought a quality coach who will also change the image of the club and the game’ said Wakiso CEO Tamale.
‘It is a building process and we are confident that Bulega will play her part in the success of this team as we push for a place in the top flight’ added excited Tamale while talking to

Bulega who is full of praise for FUFA’s current structures that have helped her polish her coaching skills, says she one dreamt of handling a men’s team but never expected to happen so soon.

‘I got the confidence from Hamid ‘Midi’ Juma who told me that I had all the qualifications needed to coach a men’s team. I listened keenly to what Midi was saying and slept over his ideas and I then started thinking about coaching a men’s team’ said Bulega.

Wakiso’s CEO adds that; ‘We don’t mind about a woman handling a men’s team. We know we have got one of the best coaches in Ugandan football at her age. We shall support her 100%’

Bulega’s coaching experience
National assistant coach U-17 (Women)
Kampala United Women FC
Gafford Ladies FC (2015 FUFA Women Elite League)
Water City Boys FC based in Owino Market
Mulago Nursing Hospital C (men)
Airtel Rising stars Girls Kampala region-2013, 2014
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