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Yudaya Nalubega: From Football To Featuring For Lady Rugby Cranes

When Makerere announced that it would be hosting the Kings of Africa Rugby 7s, there was an urgency to create a women’s team.

It’s on these grounds that messages wound around seeking for girls to go join the sport. With little or no success, the mantle was passed on to Mwenyango Sherinah who is the Sports Secretary at the university.

She approached different sports girls in the different disciplines requesting them to join rugby for just a month or two.

Nalubega Yudaya, happened to join the sport one week towards the tournament compared to her counterparts that had joined two weeks ago.

Interestingly, she is the captain of Makerere University football team – She Mak, that features in FUFA Women Super League.

A month down the road, she has represented the country at the Safari 7s in Kenya where the women’s team came in the 3rd position.

The-SportsNation caught up with her to know more about her story.

SportsNation: What is your future in football since your now have a great performance in Rugby?
Yudaya: My focus in football was basically to show and inspire fellow women that we can use sports as a path to our different destination towards success for example mine was to use football as a tool to excel in education so that I can use my books to be a better person outside school
Then in rugby, since it’s a new sport my future is to play for the national team, represent Uganda in most of the tornaments around the world, play for International teams and to make productive friends as a youth.

SportsNation: How is it so far playing rugby?
Yudaya: The sport is quite interesting and so is the experience. I used to fear rugby and thought that as small as I am I can’t really make it . But what I realized is that as long as you grasp the technique everything becomes easy no matter the weight.

SportsNation: What was your experience of playing for the National team?
Yudaya: My experience playing for a national team was
great since it was my frist time to play for a national team. First of all I felt so proud of my self since the success came in a short period I was so humbled and grateful to my coaches for the courage, trainings and inspirational words. Playing for the national team built my self esteem a bit higher and the exposure was great, as I saw some skills that I have to work on as a new player to improve on my performance and play.

SportsNation: What are your expectations for the sport?
Yudaya: My expectations are to be one of the best ranked rugby players in Uganda and Worldwide
And to inspire more women to join the sport not by my words but by my success on pitch.

SportsNation: What inspired you to keep pushing?
Yudaya: My credit goes to my coaches for their inspirational words which pushed me to go harder.
It’s my character to be among the best whenever I lay my hands on something so I wanted to be among the best around.

SportsNation: What makes you a unique player?
Yudaya: The self esteem. I believe in myself and I know that everything is difficult before starting but hardwork and determination helps me achieve even higher than I expected. I like being among the best so I always do my best which inspires my teammates to do all their best as well, in a long run we lift up the team.

Coach Jude Rwakayanga has described Yudaya, an Ewes Player as a very passionate player.

He stated: “Yudaya is a player with a high level of discipline, and open to try new things. She trains hard and plays smart with a lot of passion.”

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