Crested Cranes and UCU Lady Cardinals attacker Hasifah Nassuna is targeting professional football after netting her 100th league goal.
Nassuna scored the iconic goal in her side’s 2-1 loss to Kampala Queens FC in the FUFA Women Super league game played at the IUIU play ground on Wednesday 11th May 2022.
It was a record worth celebrating, no wonder both set of players from UCU Lady Cardinals and Kampala Queens clapped for a minute immediately after she scored.
FUFA had already issued a circular to this effect last week indicating such would be accorded whenever the 100th goal comes.
Arguably one of the greatest female footballer Uganda has ever had, Hasifa Nassuna decorated her already admirable and glamorous status with yet another milestone.
She became the first player score 100 league goals in the National Women Football league.
“I am the happiest person today because I together with my friends and fans have waited for this moment for some time. I am glad it has finally come and now my desire is to play professional football,” Nassuna said.
“As a player I cannot say that I have scored 100 goals and now that is it. I want to continue scoring and possibly score as many goals as I can but most importantly now as a professional,” she added.
In the 2019 season after switching allegiance to UCU Lady Cardinals from Kawempe Muslim, Nassuna guided her new side to their maiden league title emerging top scorer with 16 goals and Most Valuable Player of the season, the first time one player took both gongs in the same season.
Nassuna together with her former teammate and national team Captain Ruth Aturo are the most decorated players in the league having won four league titles between 2015 and 2018 with Kawempe before adding another with UCU Lady Cardinals in 2019.
The pair with Sharon Apon and Collins Ahumuza are also the only players to win the league with two different teams. Besides the league title, Nassuna has also amassed three MVP awards and three top scorer accolades.
The journey that started on 15th February 2015 at Nabweru Playground as the FUFA Women Elite League was introduced, was worth celebrating and Nassuna indicates it has come with hardships.
“I want to thank Allah for the gift of life and also the talent she gave me. When I look back to the time when the League started, definitely it is a long journey that has come with challenges but I’m glad to be the first person to reach such a milestone,” she noted.
Her first goal came against Kakira Women Football Club, then playing at Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC, winning that game 7-0.
The milestone could have been achieved earlier but with the outbreak of COVID-19, the 2019/20 season was cancelled when she had only two goals while last season, the League was played in a tournament format and she ended up with three goals in five games.
The current campaign has seen the lethal forward score nine goals, four behind leading top scorer Fazila Ikwaput.
Breakdown of Nassuna’s league goals:
2015 – 15
2015/16 – 19
2016/17 – 26
2017/18 – 10
2018/19 – 18
2019/20 – 2
2021 – 3
2022 – 9 (On going)