South Sudan Football Association (SSFA) has appointed former Crystal Palace Women’s team defender Jean Sseninde as a Consultant for South Sudan Women’s Football in a relentless quest to upgrade the football fraternity in the country.
In a report seen by NCMP, Sseninde, born on 4th December 1992, is a Ugandan professional female football personality who also a Consultant at the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA). She will be working to implement SSFA’s four years Women’s Football Strategy Sensitisation Plan starting in the month of October.
In her email to SSFA, Mrs. Sseninde says, “I’ve sent it early to give time to members of the SSFA to inform and prepare all the relevant stakeholders on the dates stated. I have also stated clearly who is responsible for making sure all participants are available for each session. All these will be held virtually via zoom, so I am hoping necessary preparations will be made for all participants to participate on stated dates.”
Sseninde told SSFA in reply to a tweet, “Am humbled for this exciting new opportunity as the South Sudan Football Association (SSFA) Women’s Football Consultant. I cannot wait to help take women’s football in South Sudan to another level together with the whole team.”
Sseninde currently plays for the Queens Park Rangers Women Football Club in the FA Women’s National League South. She started working for FIFA as a Consultant for women’s Football development across the world; she will act as a Consultant for SSFA Women’s Football for the coming four years.
The athlete was born in the Central Region of Uganda of a mother in the name of Rosemary Sseninde, the current State Minister for Primary Education in the Ugandan Cabinet, who also concurrently serves as the Wakiso District Women’s Representative in the Parliament of Uganda.
Also known as Namayega, Sseninde attended local elementary schools for her primary education before going to Gayaz High School for her O-Level Studies. Sseninde transferred to Saint Mary’s School Kitende where she completed her Advanced Level education.
Following her graduation from Kitende, Jean sought counsel from Majida Nantanda, the head coach of the Uganda women’s national soccer team. Nantanda recommended that Jean should join a professional football club in England, through the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA).
Prior to joining the London Phoenix Ladies FC, Jean played for the Charlton Athletic Women’s Football Club, for one season. Before that, she played for the Queens Park Rangers Ladies Football Club (QPRLFC), for three seasons.
Sseninde is a member of Common Goal, an organization whose members pledge to give away at least one percent of their annual salary to charity. She founded the Jean Sseninde Foundation, which sponsors the annual Jean Sseninde Women Football Development Tournament, aimed at discovering and mentoring female soccer talent in Uganda.