Lutalo George, the Uganda National senior women team, the Crested Cranes has expressed readiness for the game against Ethiopia tomorrow, Wednesday.
The Ugandan ladies face off with Ethiopian counterparts in the first leg of the 2022 Africa Women Cup of Nations Qualifiers at St Mary’s stadium, Kitende.
Lutalo has for over a week been taking the team through drills at FUFA technical Centre, Njeru and he’s optimistic that the time was just enough to form a positive attitude.
“I think we have had enough time to prepare for this game. Everyone is ready and the team is in perfect shape,” Lutalo told a pre- match press conference on Tuesday.
Despite the failure to go past the group stage at recently concluded COSAFA Women’s Championship in South Africa, the coach said they team learnt a lot of lessons that he hopes will be key in tomorrow’s encounter.
“The tournament we had in South Africa was important because it helped us understand where we stand. We realized where we need to improve and that is what we have been working on,” he said.
Lutalo also noted that the Under 20 girls that were added to the senior team have ignited the squad with positive energies.
“They have been an important addition to the squad. They bring a different dimension to the team and we hope for the best result against Ethiopia.”
In the same vain, team Captain and Goalkeeper Ruth Aturo, who has faced Ethiopia previously said the girls were ready for the task ahead.
“Ethiopia is a familiar team now and the many times we have met we have recorded mixed results. They beat us home and away in the Olympics qualifiers but we too beat them in the two previous CECAFA meetings. We therefore know them. We call upon Ugandans to give us support wherever they are, we shall get the results we need,” Aturo said.
Ethiopia’s capital Adis Ababa will host the return leg on Tuesday October 26 and the winner on aggregate will advance to the next qualification round where they will play against the winner between Kenya and South Sudan.