Crested Cranes head coach Faridah Bulega believes the Regional Tour game against Kampala select team is timely as her charges prepare to face Ethiopia in the 2020 CAF Women’s Olympics qualifiers next month.
For the first time ever, the senior ladies’ national football team will play in the Regional Tour against Kampala region on Saturday, 16th March 2019 at StarTimes stadium, Lugogo. The move aimed at extending the team to masses will carry on to the different regions of Uganda just like it is the case with the Cranes.
Since playing at the COSAFA Women’s Championship in South Africa in September last year, the team has not been engaged in any activity and Bulega believes the Regional Tour game will help her assess the players.
timelyfor us because we have to face Ethiopia in the Olympics qualifiers next month. The regional tour game will also be a chance for me to assess some of the new players on the team.
The new faces on the team summoned for the Regional Tour include defenders Wilmer Natumbwe (She Corporate), Phoebe Banura (UCU Lady Cardinals), Margaret Birabwa (Muteesa I Royal University) and midfielder Damalie Matama of Kampala Queens.
Bulega is optimistic by the time her team faces Ethiopia;
the players will be in good shape to earn a desired result.
“From the regional tour game, we shall keep monitoring the players at their respective clubs as the FUFA Women Elite league comes to an end. I think we have a team good enough to guide us past Ethiopia.”
Three years ago, Uganda was outwitted 4-1 by Ethiopia at the
2016 CECAFA Women’s Championship but the Crested Cranes won the most recent
engagement 2-1 at the regional championship in Rwanda last year.
Ethiopia will host Uganda on 3rd April 2019 in
Adis Ababa before a return leg in Kampala a week later. The winner on aggregate
will face Cameroon in the second round.
Crested Cranes team summoned for Regional tour
Goalkeepers: Ruth Aturo (UCU
Lady Cardinals), Vanessa Edith Karungi (She Corporate), Juliet Adeke (Kawempe
Muslim Ladies), Daizy Nakaziro (Lady Doves)
Nankya (Uganda Martyrs High School Lubaga), Aisha Namukisa (Kampala Queens),
Wilmer Nantumbwe (She Corporate), Margaret Birabwa (Muteesa I Royal
University), Phoebe Banura (UCU Lady Cardinals), Viola Namuddu (Makerere
Matama (Kampala Queens), Phiona Nabbumba (Ajax Queens, Bulenga), Fauziah
Najjemba (Isra Soccer Academy), Tracy Jones Akiror (Kawempe Muslim Ladies),
Teddy Najjuma (UCU Lady Cardinals), Anita Namata (Kawempe Muslim Ladies),
Shamira Nalujja (Isra Soccer Academy), Lilian Mutuuzo(Kampala Queens)
Nalukenge (Kawempe Muslim Ladies), Monica Namwase (Kampala Queens), Zaina
Namuleme (Kampala Queens), Hasifa Nassuna (UCU Lady Cardinals), Resty Nanziri(