SWEDEN: Violah Nambi scores brace in Vaxjo’s Swedish Cup victory


Violah Nambi Ssebunya (Photo: Courtesy)

IFK Kalmar 1-3 Vaxjo DFF

Ugandan forward Violah Nambi Ssebunya scored a first-half brace as Vaxjo DFF beat IFK Kalmar 3-1 in the Swedish Women Cup encounter played on Wednesday evening.

Nambi opened the scores in the 11th minute but her goal was canceled by a Mimmi Asperot equalizer two minutes later.

The diminutive Ugandan forward restored Vaxjo’s lead in the 43rd minute and ensured a half time lead before Nigerian striker Ini-Abasi Umotong made it 3-1 16 minutes to normal time.

The two goals were Nambi’s first this season having had playing time hard to come her way. She has been limited to only three of the 17 league games played so far.

For starters, Nambi is a former St. Mary’s Kitende student who was part of the historical team that won the 2012 National girls’ championship.

She featured for Kampala Junior Team (KJT) and Uganda Christian University (UCU) Lady Cardinals before leaving Uganda for Sweden in 2014.

The 25-year-old pacy striker was one of the breakthrough players in the Swedish Women’s top-flight league (Damallsvenskan) last season having managed a total of five goals across all competitions.

She was subsequently rewarded with a two-year contract while her best friend and compatriot Ritah Kivumbi left Vaxjo early this year in pursuit of playing time.

Kivumbi features for second-tier side Mallbackens IF where she is currently the club leading scorer with six goals.

The 3-1 victory implies that Nambi and her Vaxjo DFF teammates progress to the round of 16 stage of this season’s Swedish Women Cup.

Vaxjo will return to action in the league on Sunday 11th October when they host Pitea IF in a relegation six-pointer.

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