Aturo believes Crested Cranes will make it

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Crested Cranes goalie Aturo Ruth perfects her skills during training at the FUFA Technical Center in Njeru | FUFA Image

If there is anything Crested Cranes need ahead of their CAF Africa Qualifiers Women’s Tournament Olympics Games Tokyo 2020 return leg against Ethiopia, its belief.

The national women’s football side host Ethiopia on Saturday at the StarTimes Stadium Lugogo with the latter leading the tie on aggregate 3-2, a 1-0 win will see Uganda through to the next stage.

Team’s first choice goalkeeper and assistant captain Ruth Aturo is optimistic that the Ugandan side will beat Ethiopia and qualify to the next round.

“We hope to do something better than what we did in Ethiopia, we are preparing to have the best of the game on Saturday, we are all positive about the game and I believe we are going to qualify,” Aturo told www.football-256.com. “The game wasn’t easy because we didn’t have our last training due to bad weather,” she added.

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Crested Cranes players pose for a team photo before they faced Ethiopia on Wednesday, the two team will meet for the return leg on Saturday at Lugogo | FUFA Image

Tarikuwa Debiso’s own goal and Hasifah Nassuna’s strike gave the Ugandan side lifeline after a 3-0 lead by Ethiopia earlier in the game.

“We are happy with the spirit in camp but the two goals are keeping the fire burning. I am hopeful we shall take on the advantage of the two away goals to overturn the result and qualify to the next round,” coach Faridah Bulega noted.

Whoever qualifies on Saturday will book a date with Cameroon in the next qualifying round.

The Crested Cranes team: Ruth Aturo (UCU Lady Cardinals), Daisy Nakaziro (Lady Doves), Shadia Nankya (Uganda Martyrs), Aisha Namukisa (Kampala Queens), Vola Namuddu (Makerere), Yudaya Nakayenze (Siminole State College, USA), Grace Aluka (Kawempe Muslim SS Ladies FC), Marion Amangat (Olila High School), Phionah Nabbumba (Ajax Queens), Tracy Jones Akiror (Kawempe Muslim SS Ladies FC), Shamilah Nalujja (Isra Academy), Fausia Najjemba (Isra Academy), Lilian Mutuuzo (Kampala Queens), Ritah Nabbosa (Lady Doves), Juliet Nalukenge (Kawempe Muslim SS Ladies FC), Hasifa Nassuna (UCU Lady Cardinals), Zainah Namuleme (Kampala Queens), Resty Nanziri (Kampala Queens), Sandra Nabweteme (Southwestern Oklahoma State University, USA) and Fazila Ikwaput (BIIK Kazygurt, Kazakhstan)

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