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Crested Cranes in Buoyant Mood Ahead of Ethiopian Hurdle

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Team captain Ruth Aturo told Uganda Radio Network-URN that the players have had enough preparations for the tie, adding that they have gotten what it takes to deliver positive results.
Crested Cranes coach Lutalo and captain Aturo talking to media. Photo by Fahad Muganga

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All is set for the Crested Cranes, the Uganda Women’s National Football team to host Ethiopia in the African Women Cup of Nations -AWCON qualifiers at St. Mary’s stadium in Kitende. 

The team under the stewardship of Head Coach George William Lutalo is in a buoyant mood ahead of tomorrow’s game. Addressing journalists at FUFA House in Mengo this morning, Lutalo said that his team is only waiting for the kick-off time.

“The team is in good shape, we are prepared to go and do what we are supposed to be doing. We welcome everybody to come and support us,” Lutalo started briefly.

Team captain Ruth Aturo told Uganda Radio Network-URN that the players have had enough preparations for the tie, adding that they have gotten what it takes to deliver positive results.    

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Prior to their participation in the COSAFA championship as part of the preparations for the qualifiers, the Crested Cranes was dodged by poor performance. According to Lutalo, despite their poor performance in the tournament, it helped him to shape his team before facing Ethiopia.  

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The team has spent a full week in a residential camp at the FUFA Technical center in Njeru in preparation for the clash. On Sunday, the team shifted base to the Cranes Paradise Hotel in Kisaasi from where they will move to St. Mary’s stadium in Kitende today for their final training.  

Coach Lutalohas promoted several players from the U20 Women's National Team to the senior team. They include Fauzia Najjemba, Juliet Nalukenge, Margaret Kunihira and Shamira Nalugya among others.  He says that the additions will help bring healthy competition to the squad.

Star striker, Fazira Ikwaput, who missed the COSAFA Championship due to injury is back on the team. The Crested Cranes will need her brilliance as they bid to qualify for their maiden African Women Cup of Nations appearance. 

The Crested Cranes will also depend on new entrants including inform strikers Juliet Najjemba and Fauzia Najjemba who were pivotal in Uganda’s double victory against Kenya in the U-20 Women World Cup qualifiers. 

The return leg will come six days later in Bahir Dar. The winner will then face South Sudan or Kenya at the final qualification hurdle.