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Eva Nagayi: Rines, U-17 Crested Cranes Player Picks Top Highlights

Eva Nagayi is part of Uganda’s Under-17 Crested Cranes 35-player squad that is set to start preparations ahead of the Cameroon double leg in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.

The-SportsNation caught up with the buzzing 16-year old to reveal her top individuals and highlights in her brief career so far.

National Duety – Eva Nagayi. FUFA

The-SportsNation: What is the best player you have played with?
Nagayi: Najjembe Fauzia, I love her art impression with the ball, skillfully, hardworking, lovely socially and free to approach and she knows where to pass the ball at the right time.

The-SportsNation: Who is that toughest player you have ever faced?
Nagayi : Shakira Mutibwa, she is one of the best midfielders, good at reading the game, I remember the day we had match against gafford at kitezi grounds, she noticed that I was Rines best player on the pitch, so what she did was to knock, push me until I got injured and went off the pitch and on sad note we ended up losing the game.

The-SportsNation: Then who is the best you have faced?
Nagayi: Juliet Nalukenge. A top striker, super talented and skillful and so fast especially one one one. I will remember the day when our school faced kawempe Muslims in district championship, she disturbed our defenders and to make things worse, she was among the goal scorers which got our team eliminated.

The-SportsNation: Best coach played under.
Nagayi: Bright Nyanzi, he is my best coach, he joined the school as head coach for boys but as time went on, he diverted to ladies football, he recruited me, trained and mentored me as a daughter up to now. I am on the national team of under 17 ladies because of him.

The-SportsNation: Best goal ever scored?
Nagayi: My best goal was against Vision FC in the league in Kitgum and it was a penalty, the way I took the penalty made me to be liked by my fellow players. It was stylish.

The-SportsNation: Best game ever played in?
Nagayi: Besides scoring the best goal, it also marked my best game because I did each and everything to help my team get three points which includes scoring and creating chances.

The-SportsNation: Funniest moments you remember?
Nagayi: When the coach told me to pray for the team, I saw every player laughing at me which kept me wondering what I had done, in the process I found myself laughing too.

The-SportsNation: Craziest moment in your football career?
Nagayi: When I was named among the 18 players to face Tanzania, I was suprised, shocked and shed tears. I never expected it in my life, I saw the dream coming to reality.

The-SportsNation: Favorite moment with the National team?
Nagayi: The day when we beat Tanzania 5-0 in Kampala this year. It was my favourite moment; looking at the happiness that was at the stadium, from fans, from players and every one on the pitch.


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Uwizera Haba Plan is a young buzzing writer, majorly focussing on Women Football.
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