At any stage of life, one can discover his or her talent, most girls and boys do land into their future path between the age of eight and ten depending on the nature of the talent.
However, today in the house, we have a jolly lanky defender, Shaffie Nalwanja who started her netball career while in form four vacation.
The She Cranes and Kampala Capital City Authority Netball Club defender, Shaffie Nalwanja aka Mayah appeared on the land of the living on 16th, November, 1998. Through Mr. Musoke Edrisah and Ms. Nabatanzi Sarah the residents of Najjanankubi- Wakiso District.
The 23 year old lanky player is one of the fastest and swift defenders, the country cherish, she is very comfortable in goalkeeping and wing defending.
Amazingly, the former Exodus College Student started netball in her form four vacation in 2014.
“I wasn’t a netball player throughout my Primary and O’level, but I used to go and watch them playing, we had a ground in Najjanankumbi, so one day coach Richard Ssentongo found me watching and asked me if I can play netball.” Shaffie narrates her journey.
The jolly defender is one of the most educated netball players in the country today, currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Business Administration at Nkumba University.
The first born in a family of four kids, completed her primary education level at Tenderness Primary School, Najjanankumbi in 2010.
She later joined Najjanankumbi Young Christian Secondary School in 2011 where she acquired her Uganda Certificate Education in 2014.
Then she went to Exodus College- Wakiso Banda in 2015 for Advanced Level certificate.
The 2021 National Super League best goal keeper got her first degree in Records and Information Management at Nkumba University in 2021 before enrolling for a Master’s degree in Business Administration at the same University in 2022.
Like earlier stated, Shaffie started practicing netball while in form four vacation, by then she was 16years of age, her height at that tender age attracted coach Richard Ssentongo who was recruiting players for his team, Exodus College.
Though she wasn’t conversant with the netball rules and movements, it took only months for Shaffie to pick.
“It didn’t take me long to learn because I remember we went in camp at school before ordinary students reported, that was in January but in February, I was already up for any task.” Said Nalwanja.
Nalwanja later in 2017 joined KCCA Netball club after being lured by Justine Nansubuga.
“How I joined KCCA, it ws like, we were playing Bika tournament in 2016, playing for Mamba clan, there was a player, Justine Nansubuga [by then playing for KCCA], she asked me to play for KCCA after my A level. “
“Actually I signed for KCCA in 2016 while having my UNEB, they brought the contract at school for me to sign because they heard rumors that NIC was also waiting for me, so they wanted to be first.”
With only two years in the game, Nalwanja got a national team Under 21 summon and and went on senior team fold in 2019 but she couldn’t make it to final 12 that represented Uganda in World Cup and its one of the worst moments she has even encountered in the game of netball.
But earlier in 2018, Shaffie won a World University games championship with Uganda, they beat South Africa on final held at Makerere University.
Shaffie Nalwanja is one of the young most intelligent and swift defenders Uganda has produced of recent, she has powerful game reading.
She was named the best goal keeper in 2021 National Netball Super league season as well as the 2022 best GK in East Africa Netball Club championship that were won by National Insurance Corporation Netball Club.
Nalwanja also targeting to have a professional stint in future.
Name: Nalwanja Shaffie
Date of Birth: 16th, November, 1998
Place of Birth: Najjanankumbi- Wakiso
Parents: Mr. Musoke Edrisah and Ms. Nabatanzi Sarah
Position: Goalkeeper/Wing Defender
Strong Hand: Right
Current Club: KCCA since 2017
Credited people; Coach Richard Sentongo and Coach Charles Serungaya
2018: Gold Medal FISU games
2021: Gold Medal, Pent Series
2021: Silver medal, Africa Netball Championship
2021: Best Goalkeeper, National Netball Super league
2022: Silver medal, East Africa Club championship
2022: Best Goalkeeper, East Africa Club championship.
Best Moments in Netball: Winning FISU games in 2018
Worst Moment: When dropped from the National team the she cranes in 2019
Ambitions: Playing professional netball
Youth Netball Career:
2015-2016: Exodus College- Wakiso Banda
2016: Under 21 [National team]
Senior Netball Career:
2017 todate: KCCA Netball Club
2019 todate: National Team [She Cranes]