Uganda’s National Women Football team, the Crested Cranes, have turned their focus to 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) after winning the CECAFA Women Championship in Njeru.
Uganda beat Burundi 3-1, spurred by a Sandra Nabweteme brace, to lift their maiden CECAFA Women Championship trophy on Saturday at Njeru.
“It’s really good to me as a head coach and all these players as well because we have opened up the door for Women Football,” said Crested Cranes coach George Lutalo in reflection to winning the title.
“Ugandans should know and expect a strong team that we are building and it will give them the joy that they wish to have.”
The team has already shifted base from Njeru and are now camped at Cranes paradise hotel in Kisasi.
They will conduct their first training session on Tuesday at Kampala Quality Primary School.
A couple of foreign-based players have already jetted in including Tracy Jones Akiror and Vanessa Karungi to boost the team.
Uganda are pitted against hosts Morocco in Group A alongside Burkina Faso and Senegal for the Women AFCON due July 2-23 2022.
The Crested Cranes are returning to the tournament for the first time in 22 years after their maiden appearance in 2000 in South Africa.
George Lutalo’s side sealed their fate to Morocco when they knocked out Ethiopia via penalties before progressing with a walkover after Kenya withdrew from the Qualifiers.
July 3: Senegal – Prince Moulay Sports Complex
July 5: Morocco – Prince Moulay Sports Complex
July 8: Burkina Faso – Muhamed V Stadium