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Crested Cranes: Lutalo impressesed with team’s progress ahead of COSAFA

The Uganda Senior Women National Team (the Crested Cranes) head coach Lutalo George William says he is impressed with the progress of the team after six days in a training camp at FUFA Technical Centre, Njeru.

He made the remarks on Thursday evening, their sixth day in the training camp.

The team is in preparations for the forthcoming COSAFA Women’s Championship that will be played between 19th -26th September in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

At the start of this month, FUFA named Lutalo as the head coach for the Crested Cranes, replacing Faridah Bulega who has enrolled for a CAF B Coaching Course in Nairobi, Kenya.

Crested Cranes players going through the drills at Njeru. FUFA

While giving his general assessment of the team after six days on Thursday, Lutalo is impressed with the spirit and hard work amongst players.

“So far the six days we have spent here we are enjoying our selves, there is hard work we have hope that the team will perform well.

The spirit in which the team is adapting is very good because when you look at the players how they do the exercises it gives us hope and we hope to do better in the coming tournament,” He said.

Lutalo adds on that the team’s strength is togetherness between the players as this gives them hope of success ahead of the competition.

“The strength of this team is the togetherness, the way we do things together as a team gives us hope that everything will be achieved as a team.”

George Lutalo (second from left). FUFA photo

As the days are fast running ahead of the tournament, Lutalo picked out some areas they need to improve.

“The only area to improve is learning how to play without the ball. This is very much important and then time to win the game by scoring goals than the opponents that’s where we are now to emphasize and improve on those area.”

On Tuesday, the team was boosted with the arrival of 4 players from Lady Doves FC. These included goalkeeper Daisy Nakaziro, Spencer Nakacwa, Reticia Nabbosa and Norah Alupo. The only bad news is that striker Fazila Ikwaput, who had earlier been summoned is ruled out due to an injury.

Crested Cranes forward Sandra Nabweteme. FUFA photo

Appearing at the tournament as guests, it will also be the second time that Uganda plays at the COSAFA Women’s Champions with the maiden appearance coming in 2018 and the Crested Cranes settled for third place.

The Crested Cranes are pitted in Group C alongside Zambia, Namibia and Eswatini.


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