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Kratos Player Profile : Asha Nakityo shares her rise to the top

Name: Nabulime Nakityo Asha

Weight : 72.1kg

Height: 160 cm

Current club : Thunderbirds

Leadership roles : Captain Thunderbirds (2015-2017)

National engagements : I have managed to represent my country in both 7’s and 15’s on very many occasions since 2009.

Early life 

“I come from a middle class family, we live a simple and happy life” – Asha comes from a family of 7 children, of which she is the 4th and only girl.

Rugby journey

She has been a loyal servant of the Thunderbirds, the kind you would call a “one team player”- She has also been an integral part of the national women’s set up for both the sevens and fifteens as a player and a mentor for the younger players.

Portia in action against Kenya

Asha has seen the world with rugby, managing to travel to many countries and gaining valuable exposure. Her travels have enabled her to establish very many rugby friends, most of whom are a big part of the person she is today.

Life outside rugby 

“I currently work with KFC as a dispatcher and with Jumia Uganda as a CS supervisor.”

Favorite rugby moment 

“Recently in 2018, in Botswana when Uganda Lady Cranes beat Tunisia to reach the finals once again after so many years and hustles.”

Worst rugby moment

“When the Lady Cranes 15’s team lost to South Africa (60-03), up to now it still hurts me so a lot.”

Life Role model

“The late Iddi Amin Dadda due to the love and zeal that he had for his country (Uganda)”

Favourite rugby players

local: Michael Wokorach and Christine Kizito

international: Jerry Tuwai and Portia Woodman

The Black Ferns’ Portia Woodman – New Zealand 7’s

Future rugby aspirations 

“I aspire to play professional rugby outside Africa.”

Message to upcoming players

“Let them believe in the themselves that they can be the best but always be disciplined, faithful, trustworthy and hard working but above all they should put God first in whatever they do.”

Message to fans

“Thank you so much for your support in which ever way you extend it to us, but we still need more of your support.”