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Crested Cranes in Buoyant Mood Ahead of Algerian Hurdle :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Crested Cranes in Buoyant Mood Ahead of Algerian Hurdle

While addressing journalists on Tuesday, the Crested Cranes Coach Abdallah Khalifa said that, much as they struggled to defeat Rwanda recently, the team has worked on a few shortcomings.
All is set for the Crested Cranes, the Uganda Women’s National Football team to host Algeria in the African Women's Cup of Nations -AWCON qualifiers at the Njeru-based FUFA technical center.

While addressing journalists on Tuesday, Assistant Crested Cranes Coach Ayubu Khalifa Kiyingi said that, much as they struggled to defeat Rwanda recently, the team has worked on a few shortcomings.

He said that, although statistics rate Algeria among the top teams in African women's football, the girls have endeared themselves to a home-based footballing philosophy, which will enable them to produce good results on Wednesday.

Khalifa also revealed that five senior players turned down the national team call, but they boast of a 30-member squad, comprising professional footballers from foreign clubs.

"Five girls declined the national call, on the pretext of either pursuing their academics or related causes, but we have been joined by other professional players, who have since bridged the gap, to enable us to triumph against our opponents," he says.

He also rallied the public to turn up in big numbers and give morale to the team.

Crested Cranes Captain, Ruth Aturo says that all the girls are healthy, fit, and ready to offer their best.   Aturo also notes that the training has offered the girls an opportunity to bond.

She further argues that they have greatly prepared themselves and received the much-needed physical fitness to face their opponents.

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