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Players Abroad: Meet Fast, Efficient Ritah Kivumbi

With 139 goals in 198 games in four years, the numbers speaks volumes for Uganda star Ritah Kivumbi who is currently plying her trade with Swedish side Vaxjo Dff.

Arguably the best right winger of her generation, former Crested Cranes coach legend Majidah Nantanda recently confessed in an interview with CBS FM that she was forced to retire to create room for the budding super star in the making.

Ritah traces her athleticism from her mother Hasifah Nabiteko who played netball and participated in athletics as a young woman.

Swedish based Rita Kivumbi

As a young girl, she played football with boys of her age and slowly but surely fell in love, but this time with Football.

She later joined Lubiri Secondary School which later started a girls football team and because of her unique talent, she received a national team call up as early as senior three.

She was actually part of the Crested Cranes team that defeated South Sudan on a 22 goal aggregate score. The Cranes won 13-0 in the second leg to after the first leg ended 9-0 in Juba.

Rita Kivumbi, Hasfer Nassuna and Sandra Nabweteme scored a hat-trick each in the game while Dorothy Nakato, Sylivia Nakazibwe, Jeninga Awadifo and Naome Nagaddya scored a goal.

Ritah Kivumbi scored three goals for Uganda against South Sudan. Courtesy photo

She was top-scorer in different local tournaments and helped St Mary’s Kitende win the NPP in 2012, and also featuring for UCU lady Cardinals in the then newly created Fufa Women Elite league.

Ritah left for Sweden in 2015 and a year later, she created one the most lethal partnerships in the Swedish league history – Ritah and Anna Anvegard combined for 51goals in the season, notching 21 and 30 goals respectively.

Ritah, in an interview with The-SportsNation.com, commended the federation for extremely tremendous efforts towards girls football and adds that it will be an absolute honor to represent the country when given an opportunity.

Ritah Kivumbi wheels away in celebration. Sweden media photo

Up close with Ritah

Parents -Hasifa Nabiteeko and Kivumbi Lameca

Best and worst moments – Worst is when am not playing for any reason or injuries while my best with when am scoring or making an assist.

Career goal and retirement – Am still a baby to think of retirement (Laughs).

Best Dish – Rice and Liver
Role model – My mother has been and will always be.

Career Role model – Brazil’ Ronaldhino.

How spend free time – Watch series, eat food or sleep.

Crazy thing done for love – I took a midnight walk to just see the person I was falling for because I couldn’t find sleep and was missing the person extra day and night. Irealized it was crazy when I had to walk back home, It was worth it though.

Did you know?
Ritah has been involved in 180 goals in 198 games since joining the Swedish club. She has scored 139 and assisted 41.

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