Uganda Women’s national football team, The Crested Cranes, has left the country on Monday morning for the Cosafa Women Championship in South Africa.
Team Coach George Lutalo revealed his final squad of 20 players to take part in the tournament.
The tournament will fine tune the team for the 2022 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations Qualifiers where the Crested Cranes will play Ethiopia at the first round phase.
Per FUFA Website, Lutalo said: “We have had about two weeks of preparations and the final 20 players named are those that excelled in training. I have the belief that the team named will do well in South Africa,”
Goalkeeper Gloria Namakula (Tooro Queens FC), Resty Kobusobozi (Tooro Queens FC) and Anita Namata (Uganda Martyrs High School FC) have been dropped.
Foreign based duo Yudaya Nakayenze (Lindey Wilson College, USA) and Shiraz Natasha (Maccabi Kishronot Hadera, Israel) will NOT join the team in South Africa as earlier stated.
The team has been at Njeru preparing for the event and had three practice matches, winning two, with the Women U20 team.
Uganda is in Group C alongside Zambia, Eswatini and Namibia.
This will be Lutalo’s first assignment having replaced Faridah Bulega who was having a coaching Course in Kenya.
Crested Cranes Squad
Goalkeepers – Ruth Aturo (UCU Lady Cardinals FC), Daisy Nakaziro (Lady Doves 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), Asia Nakibuuka (Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC)
Midfielders – Joan Nabirye(Vihiga Queens FC), Reticia Nabbosa (Lady Doves FC), Sheebah Zalwango (Asubo Gafford Ladies FC), Phiona Nabbumba (She Corporate FC), Spencer Nakacwa (Lady Doves FC), Amina Nababi (Makerere University WFC),
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 Kanyesigye (New Jersey Copa FC, USA), Norah Alupo (Lady Doves FC)