Shinning Cranes Star Ikwaput Breaks Silence on Rise to Stardom  

Fazirah Ikwaput in action against Burundi at the ongoing women's CECAFA championship

If there has been any revelation for the Crested Cranes at the ongoing Women’s CECAFA championship at Njeru technical centre, price it has got to be youngster Fazirah Ikwaput.

Just at 17 years, Ikwaput has proved she will be a force to reckon with in the near future.

Confident, swift and with a good sense of positioning the lanky forward has raised eyebrows after her brilliant performances against Zanzibar and Burundi.

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However, Ikwaput attributes all her performance to the good coordination within the team.

“It is been easy for me to fit in the team, my teammates have been very kind to me and we coordinate well both on and off the pitch. We live like a family,” she said.

“The coach too believed in me and offered me a chance to play and I’m glad I did not disappoint,” Ikwaput explained.

The young forward was handed her debut on the national team against Zanzibar, a game in which she netted a brace.

Ikwaput also netted the solitary strike against Burundi in the final group A game.

Asked about how she felt helping Uganda qualify for the semifinal stage, the Olila High school striker said it was a great moment in her life.

“It is a special moment both for me and the team at large. This is one of the moments I will live to cherish given the fact that I got the opportunity to serve my country,” Ikwaput added.

John Ongodia, her coach at Olila High school where she plays in the FUFA women Elite league, believes Ikwaput has got a lot of potential to become a great player.

“I spotted her in Sironko district at the beginning of last year and I brought her to Olila High school where she played last season. Actually people are yet to see her best, because she is a versatile player who can play anywhere on the pitch,” said Ongodia.

Ikwaput has scored three goals in the two games she has played for the Crested Cranes.


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