Crested Cranes begin preparations for 2021 Cosafa Women’s Cup

The 2021 Cosafa Women's Championship will take place in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa from September 28 to October 9.

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Twenty five of the 32 players summoned by coach George Lutalo have entered residential camp at FUFA Technical Centre, Njeru as Uganda’s senior women national football team (The Crested Cranes) begin preparations for the 2021 Cosafa Cup.

Uganda will be competing as a guest team for the second time and coach Lutalo and his girls are hoping to better the third position in which the team finished at their debut in 2018.

According to Mr. Lutalo,five players who have been in Kenya taking part in the inaugural Caf Women’s Champions league qualifiers with Lady Doves FC have been allowed to rest for three days before they join camp.

“Lady Doves have been representing Uganda at the just concluded CAF Women’s Champions League Qualifiers and we decided to allow the players some time to rest before joining us. The five players will join the rest of the team on Monday.” Lutalo told the official Fufa website on Saturday.

Without divulging much details, the coach revealed that two players Yudaya Nakayenze and Natasha Shiraz would join the team at a later date.

Meanwhile, the federation said forwards Sandra Nabweteme and Laki Otandeka who play for Fimleikafélag Hafnarfjarðar (Iceland) and New Jersey Copa FC, (USA) respectively had already reported in camp.

The 2021 Cosafa Women’s Championship will take place in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa from September 28 to October 9.

PLAYERS IN CAMP:

Goalkeepers

Ruth Aturo (UCU Lady Cardinals FC), Elsie Najjemba (Rines WFC), Gloria Namakula (Tooro Queens 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), Justin Kizza Najjuko (She Maroons FC), Asia Nakibuuka (Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC)

Midfielders

Joan Naggayi (She Maroons FC), Rhoda Nanziri (Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC), Kautharah Naluyima (She Maroons FC), Sheebah Zalwango (Asubo Gafford Ladies FC), Phiona Nabbumba (She Corporate FC), Grace Nassongo (Amuria High School FC), Amina Nababi (Makerere University WFC), Resty Kobusobozi (Tooro Queens FC), Anita Namata (Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC)

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 (New Jersey Copa FC, USA)

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