Crested Cranes goalkeeper Vanessa Karungi is optimistic that Uganda will perform better the next time they return to the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations.
After missing out for 22 years, Uganda returned to WAFCON for the first time since 2000 for the 2022 edition that was held in Morocco in July.
However, the Crested Cranes once again did not go beyond the group stages when they finished bottom of Group A with a single point.
“Returning to WAFCON for the first time in 22 years was a huge achievement for us the players, our generation, and the entire nation,” Karungi told News Central TV.
“It was the first time for everyone who was part of the team in Morocco and it was really a big experience for us all playing on the biggest stage of Women’s football in Africa.”
“We did not have a good run but we were all excited about what we had just achieved and with how we played in each game, there is a glimpse of hope in the team for the future.”
“There is a lot that we learnt, I believe every game should be treated as final, we now have a bit of experience and we shall build on it to have a good performance next time,” she added.
Karungi did not feature in any of the three games Uganda played at the 2022 WAFCON in Morocco with captain Ruth Aturo playing twice while Daisy Nakaziro played once.
George Lutalo’s charges lost twice 2-0 and 3-1 to Senegal and Morocco respectively before drawing 2-2 with Burkina Faso.
It is South Africa that went all the way and won it for the first time in their history when they edged Morocco 2-1 in the final.