Nabwire to join Fifa committee on advancement of women’s football

Wednesday, October 20th, 2021 00:00 |
Former Harambee Starlets captain Doreen Nabwire. Photo/PD /David Ndolo

Former Harambee Starlets captain Doreen Nabwire, who currently heads the Women Football Development Desk at the Football Kenya Federation, has been appointed to Fifa’s Technical Advisory Group (TAG) on the growth and advancement of the Women’s game.

The TAG, headed by former United States Women’s National Team coach Jillian Ellis, is comprised of players, coaches, referees, administrators, sports scientists and executives, from each of the six continental confederations.

“It’s a big honour for me and for Kenya to be invited to this Technical Advisory Group,” said Nabwire.

“I get to share the experience of Women’s football in Kenya and contribute to important conversations about the future of the game at a global level.

For me this is also a reflection of the work we are doing locally with the league and the national teams. 

“Among the topics the team is expected to deliberate on include Competitive balance, increased opportunities for underserved nations, a Fifa Women’s Club World Cup, increased visibility and participation, Fifa international windows, prize money and the possibility of staging a biennial Fifa Women’s World Cup.

Nabwire is the first Kenyan woman footballer to ever play professionally in Europe. She played professionally for teams in the Netherlands (FC Zwolle) and Germany (Werder Bremen).

She represented Kenya in the first Street Football World Cup in 2006 in Berlin, Germany, leading Kenya to the title.

She was selected as Kenya’s Football for Hope Ambassador in 2007 and served as a representative for her country during the 2010 South Africa FIFA World Cup.

After retiring Nabwire has continued to use her platform for humanitarian efforts to impact those around her. She is the founder of the Girls Unlimited, an organisation that aims to use the values and principles of sport to empower young girls.

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