Mallbackens IF forward Kivumbi positive ahead of Crested Cranes return

Mallbackens IF forward Rita Kivumbi is positive ahead of her long-awaited return to play for the national team.

Kivumbi was among the 47-player provisional squad named by head coach George Lutalo ahead of the CECAFA championship and AWCON.

I am so excited and positive ahead of my return to national duty,” Kivumbi told Gateway News in an interview.

Kivumbi shielding off an opponent | Courtesy Photo

I can not wait to meet the ladies so as to get at it. I have waited for this for long so I feel ready to take up this opportunity to make my country proud,” she added.

According to the quick-footed forward, she hopes to do everything the best way she has learnt to do it.

I look forward to catching up with the ladies so that we make connections on and off the pitch.”

I want to have fun and enjoy every moment so that I can make the memory one worth remembering.”

“I’m pumped up and can not wait for what we are going to create together as a team,” the St. Mary’s Kitende old girl (OG) concluded.

Kivumbi chasing down an opponent. | Courtesy Photo

Kivumbi will be joined by the other 13 foreign based players such as Ruth Aturo, Vanessa Edith Karungi, Yudaya Nakayenze, Salena Allibhai, Adrine Birungi, Madam Christine, Joan Nabirye, Sheebah Zalwango, Tracy Jones Akiror, Juliet Nalukenge, Natasha Shirazi, Fauzia Najjemba and Viola Nambi.

The team will enter residential camp on May 7 before the CECAFA tournament kicks off on 22nd (May) up to June 5, 2022.

Then Women’s African Cup will be played between 2nd to 23rd of July in Morocco.

Provisional Squad


Ruth Aturo(Katkan Tyovaen Palloillijat, Finland), Gloria Namakula (FC Tooro Queens, Uganda), Daisy Nakaziro (Uganda Martyrs WFC, Uganda), Daphine Nyayenga (She Corporate FC, Uganda), Vanessa Edith Karungi (Boldklubben AF 1893, Denmark)


Asia Nakibuuka (Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC, Uganda), Shadia Nankya (UCU Lady Cardinals FC, Uganda), Aisha Nantongo (Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC, Uganda), Viola Namuddu (Makerere University WFC, Uganda), Harima Kanyago (Uganda Martyrs WFC, Uganda), Margaret Namirimu (She Corporate FC, Uganda), Lukia Namubiru (Kampala Queens FC, Uganda), Yudaya Nakayenze (Lindey Wilson College, USA), Salena Allibhai (KAA Gent, Belgium), Adrine Birungi (Gaspo FC, Kenya), Phoebe Banura (UCU Lady Cardinals FC, Uganda), Madam Christine (Gaspo FC, Kenya), Jolly Kobusinge (FC Tooro Queens, Uganda), Sumaya Komuntale (FC Tooro Queens, Uganda), Miriam Ibunyu (She Corporate FC, Uganda)


Resty Kobusobozi (FC Tooro Queens, Uganda), Rhoda Nanziri (Kawempe Muslim Ladies, Uganda), Naome Nagadya (She Corporate FC, Uganda), Joan Nabirye (Vihiga Queens, Kenya), Sheebah Zalwango (FC Amani, DR Congo), Tracy Jones Akiror (AFC Ann Arbor, USA), Shamirah Nalugya ( Kampala Queens FC, Uganda), Phiona Nabbumba (She Corporate FC, Uganda), Riticia Nabbosa (Lady Doves FC, Uganda)


Sandra Kisakye (UCU Lady Cardinals FC, Uganda), Elizabeth Nakigozi (Uganda Martyrs WFC, Uganda), Lilian Mutuuzo (Kampala Queens FC, Uganda), Juliet Nalukenge (Chrysomolia FC, Cyprus), Natasha Shirazi (Maccabi Kishronot Hadera, Israel), Fauzia Najjemba (BIIK Shymkent, Kazakhstan), Viola Nambi (FC Dornbirn Ladies, Austria), Zaina Nandede (Kampala Queens FC, Uganda), Hasifa Nassuna (UCU Lady Cardinals FC, Uganda), Rita Kivumbi (Mallbackens IF, Sweden), Sharon Nadunga (Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC, Uganda), Sandra Nabweteme (Unattached), Favor Nambatya (She Corporate FC, Uganda), Fazila Ikwaput (Lady Doves, Uganda), Susan Atim (She Corporate FC, Uganda), Margaret Kunihira (Kampala Queens, Uganda), Grace Aluka (Olila HS, Uganda), Zainah Namuleme ( Kampala Queens, Uganda)

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