Uganda Women’s National Football team (the Crested Cranes) are over the moon for the opportunity to represent the country at the 2021 COSAFA Women championship that will be hosted in South Africa later this month.
The team entered camp at the FUFA Technical Centre, Njeru last week and are perfectly motivated to commence preparations for this coveted tournament according to head coach, George William Lutalo.
“We are finally in camp, the players have reached well and the mood is great,” Lutalo told the press shortly after the first training on Saturday.
“We have held one training session and I can see that all players are yearning to work and get better, something that has made me happy,” he added.
According to Lutalo, the technical team will do all it takes to see that they prepare the players in the shortest time possible so that they achieve the set target.
“There are a few players from Lady Doves that have not reached but I can confirm we are following the same programme as a team and they will join us shortly,” he concluded.
The Lady Doves players that touched down in Uganda on Friday morning have been given three days’ rest before they get to join with the rest of the team.
Uganda will participate in the tournament set as a guest and will be seeking to better their 2018 third place finish.
Only twenty-five players amongst the summoned thirty-two have entered the bubble in Njeru with the other joining them today.
Crested Cranes players in camp
Goalkeepers: Ruth Aturo (UCU Lady Cardinals FC), Elsie Najjemba (Rines WFC), Gloria Namakula (Tooro Queens FC)
Defenders: Viola Namuddu (Makerere University WFC), Shadia Nankya (UCU Lady Cardinals FC), Eunice Ariokot (Olila High School WFC), Bridget Nabisaalu (She Corporate FC), Phoebe Banura (UCU Lady Cardinals FC), Justin Kizza Najjuko (She Maroons FC), Asia Nakibuuka (Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC)
Midfielders: Joan Naggayi (She Maroons FC), Rhoda Nanziri (Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC), Kautharah Naluyima (She Maroons FC), Sheebah Zalwango (Asubo Gafford Ladies FC), Phiona Nabbumba (She Corporate FC), Grace Nassongo (Amuria High School FC), Amina Nababi (Makerere University WFC), Resty Kobusobozi (Tooro Queens FC), Anita Namata (Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC)
Forwards: Hasifa Nassuna (UCU Lady Cardinals FC), Sharon Naddunga (Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC), Resty Nanziri (Kampala Queens FC), Sandra Nabweteme (Fimleikafélag Hafnarfjarðar, Iceland), Laki Otandeka (New Jersey Copa FC, USA)