Olympics Qualifiers: Crested Cranes Face Cameroon

Thursday, October 26
•Uganda Vs Cameroon – 4pm


The Uganda Women’s National Football team, the Crested Cranes, will go head-to-head with Cameroon in the first leg of the 2024 Paris Olympics Qualifiers at Njeru.

The second leg of this second round of qualifiers is scheduled for October 31 at the Reunification Stadium in Douala, Cameroon.

These qualifiers will determine which two African nations will represent the continent at the upcoming Olympics in Paris next year.

To reach this stage, Uganda secured a 4-3 aggregate victory over Rwanda, with both games held in Kigali.

The Crested Cranes, now under the interim coaching of Charles Ayiekho Lukhula, face a challenging task with just one month given to the new management team.

Previously, amidst coaching uncertainties, the team was eliminated from the Women’s AFCON by Algeria.

Notably, the Crested Cranes are without four key senior players: goalkeeper and Captain Ruth Aturo, Hassifa Nassuna, Tracy Jones Akiror, and striker Sandra Nabweteme, who were not called up.

This journey promises to be a long one for Uganda who have never competed in the Olympics before.

In the third round, should Uganda overcome Cameroon, they will face the winner between Ethiopia and the formidable team of Nigeria.

At the fourth and final round, awaiting is the victor of the matches between Tanzania/Botswana and DR Congo/South Africa.

Cameroon, excused from the previous round, is considered one of the African powerhouses and will be favorites against the Crested Cranes.

They finished as runners-up in the 1991, 2004, 2014, and 2016 Africa Women Cup of Nations. They also participated in the 2012 Olympic Games and made their debut in the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2015.

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