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CECAFA Women Cup: Uganda, Group B Preview

Uganda’s Group B Fixtures:
17th Nov – Vs Djibouti
19th Nov – Vs Ethiopia
21st Nov – Vs Kenya

The CECAFA women Cup is an Association football tournament for teams from East Africa.

Founded in 1986, the tourney went dormant for 30 years until 2016 when Uganda hosted.

Tanzania stand out as the most decorated team, having won the last two editions in 2016 and 2018 respectively.

For the Uganda crested cranes, the closer she came was winning a silver medal in Rwanda last year.

Our Reporter Bagala Peace Diane gives us a comprehensive look into the teams in Group B and chances of each qualifying from the group.

Djibout ??

Women Football is not so much fancied in the country, with the women national team founded as late as 2002.

The country has since played only one FIFA sanctioned game; a 7-0 loss to Kenya 13 years ago.

Further more, the country is not ranked anywhere in CAF and FIFA Women national teams.

Ethiopia ??

Popularly known as Lucy and Dinknesh, Ethiopia started her women football journey with a friendly against Uganda in 2002 and has not back peddled.

One of the top favorites in the group Ethiopia plays an attacking game all through.

About the Team
Nick Name: Lucy and Dinknesh
Coach: Menderes Manne
Age: 40
Latest Cecafa performance: 3rd
FIFA Ranking: 111

Kenya ??

Women Football in Kenya dates back in 1985 when almost no African county had a women football side.

Nicknamed the Harambe Starlets, just like Ethiopia, Kenya also poses a gigantic threat to would be contenders in the group.

Fresh from painful exit from the 2020 Olympic qualifying round, Kenya looks desperate to bank on the experience to make it through the group of death.

Coached by former midfielder and Captain Ann Alouch who also managed the U20 side, the starlets look forward to rebuilding the threat Kenya was in the recent years.

About the Team
Nick Name: Harambe Starlets
Coach: Anna Louch
Age :29
Previous cecafa performance: 4th
Ranking: 143

Uganda ??

Uganda comes in the tournament as runners up in the previous tourney in Rwanda last year, a feat she would like to better this year.

None the less a lot has happened since then and now.

Players Yudaya Nakayenze And Tracy Jones Akiror are to be missed.

The U17 Cosafa winning Coach Ayub Khalifan is a technical spice to the team that has struggled to score in the recent tournaments.

Uganda however meets up again with teams that have eliminated her in different tournaments: Ethiopia eliminated Uganda from the 2020 Olympic Qualifying round while Kenya did so in the 2018 AWCON qualifying round.

It is yet to be seen if home work was done or not.

About the Team
Nickname: Crested Cranes
Coach: Bulega Faridah
Age: 40
Ranking: 149

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