July 5, 2022

WAFCON 2022: Kampala Queens takes the lion’s share in Cranes squad

By Brian Aheebwa
Crested Cranes players pose for a team photo before they faced Burundi in the final of the CECAFA Senior Women's Challenge Cup | FUFA Image

FUFA Women Super League side Kampala Queens WFC has dominated the Crested Cranes squad ahead of the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations due to take in Morocco in July.

A 25-lady squad will travel to Morocco on Tuesday for a 10-day training camp before the commencement of the tournament on Saturday, July 2.

Kampala Queens has five representatives, which is more than any other team.

Defender Lukia Namubiru, midfielder Shamirah Nalugya, and forwards Zaina Nandede, Lilian Mutuuzo, and Margaret Kunihira are the five players selected from Kampala Queens.

The 2019 Airtel FUFA Female Player of the Year Juliet Nalukenge is the most familiar name among those dropped.

Shadia Nankya who was chosen by head coach George Lutalo as the captain for the just concluded CECAFA Women’s Championship has also been dropped due to injury.

Nankya was injured during the CECAFA tournament and she has failed to recover in time for the WAFCON.

The unbeaten Cranes won their maiden CECAFA trophy as hosts, a tournament that acted as preparatory for the WAFCON and they will be hoping to carry such performance to the continental stage.

Lutalo’s charges are pooled in Group A alongside hosts Morocco, Burkina Faso, and Senegal.

Cranes’ first game will be against Senegal on Sunday, July 3 at a competition that kicks off on Saturday, July 2 to Saturday, July 22.

Crested Cranes squad: Ruth Aturo (GK, Kotkan Työväen Palloilijat (FC KTP, Finland), Vanessa Edith Karungi (GK, Boldklubben AF 1893 Denmark), Daisy Nakaziro (GK, Uganda Martyrs WFC, Uganda), Asia Nakibuuka (Kawempe Muslim WFC, Uganda), Sumaya Komuntale (Tooro Queens WFC, Uganda), Margret Namirimu (She Corporates, Uganda), Sandra Nabweteme (Unattached), Fazila Ikwaput (Lady Doves, Uganda), Hassifah Nassuna (UCU Lady Cardinals, Uganda) Joan Nabirye (Vihinga Queens, Kenya), Aisha Nantongo (Kawempe Muslim WF, Uganda), Zainah Nandede (Kampala Queens, Uganda), Shamirah Nalugya (Kampala Queens, Uganda), Lukiya Namubiru (Kampala Queens, Uganda), Margret Kunihira (Kampala Queens, Uganda), Lilian Mutuuzo (Kampala Queens, Uganda), Phiona Nabbumba (She Corporates, Uganda), Riticia Nabbosa (Lady Doves, Uganda), Sheebah Zalwango (FC Amani, DR Congo), Fauzia Najjemba(BIIK Shymkent, Kazakhstan), Trace Jones Akiror (AFC Ann Arbor, USA), Yudaya Nakayenze (Lindsey Wilson College, USA), Elizabeth Nakigozi (Uganda Martyrs WFC, Uganda)

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