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.
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.
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
missed the COSAFA Championship due to injury is back on 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.