Crested Cranes forward Fazila Ikwaput has made history to become the first Ugandan to be nominated in the category of CAF African Women Footballer of the year in the continental awards announced on Wednesday.
Ikwaput, currently with the Crested Cranes, the national football team of Uganda, in Morocco for the ongoing Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON), will compete against other African women footballers.
Last year, Ikwaput guided Lady Doves FC to their first League title where she finished both as the top scorer and MVP. She would go on to help the club finish third in the inaugural CECAFA Regional Qualifiers with four goals to her name.
Last season, she was a joint top scorer in the FUFA Women Super League with 16 goals same as Hasifah Nassuna of UCU Lady Cardinals.
Ikwaput was influential as Uganda clinched the 2022 CECAFA Senior Women’s Championship, scoring 6 goals and ending as the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
Also nominated in the prestigious continental awards is Ikwaput’s team mate on the national team Fauzia Najjemba (18) who was nominated for CAF Young Player of the Year (Women).
Najjemba made her name at the 2022 CECAFA U20 Women’s Championship where she finished as top scorer with 12 goals in six games.
At the start of this year, she moved to BIIK Shymkent in Kazakhstan where she has already scored 9 goals and registered 6 assists.