- Former Harambee Starlets midfielder Jacky Ogol has found her footing at the Federation of Uganda Football Association (Fufa) Super League side She Corporates Club has attributed her success to the Kenya Harambee starlets.
The midfielder who featured for Starlets from 2014 to 2016 and was part of the national team that participated in the 2016 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations tournament in Limbe, Cameroon, said the national team gave her some of her best years in the sport.
Before moving to Uganda in 2018, Ogol had a six-year show with Football Kenya Federation’s Women’s Premier League sides Spedag for five seasons and a season with Matuu FC.
“Starlets gave me a chance of a lifetime. From traveling to different countries for competitions, winning cups, and the great football experience. I wouldn’t exchange that for anything. Playing for both Spedag and Starlets groomed me to be a better player and also to understand that every platform you are given is a chance to grow outside your home teams,” she revealed.
“I have previously played for another Ugandan side Gafford. I must say She Corporates has helped me improve my skills, although I still have a lot of ground to cover, so far so good,” Ogol said.
She revealed that playing in the 2016 Africa Women Cup of Nations (Awcon) was both her proudest and lowest moment considering the early exit at the group stage. Starlets lost to Ghana (3-1), Mali (3-1), and Nigeria (4-0).
“Playing in the Awcon group stage was an indication that our hard work was paying off. It was difficult for us when we lost but the experience we gained was worth it. I’ll forever treasure that because we were able to gauge ourselves against the best teams in Africa. That gave us assurance that we were not as bad,” Ogol said.
Ogol has acknowledged that the cancellation was good news, as it will give them time to re-think our game plan and plan effectively for next season. Both the Fufa league and the Fufa Women’s Cup and Juniors’, were canceled owing to the coronavirus pandemic.
“In the meantime, I’ll keep myself busy with my business on the side since we are still under lockdown as we wait for communication on the way forward from the management,” Ogol concluded.