Uganda Crested Cranes Amplify Training Drills Ahead of Away Clash in Ethiopia


KAMPALA: The Crested Cranes entered day five of residential training on Friday at the FUFA Technical Center Njeru.

This is in preparation for the Tokyo Olympic games qualifier tie against Ethiopia due on April 3 in Addis Ababa.

Twenty seven of the 30 summoned have been going under the technical guidance of head coach Faridah Bulega, assisted by Edward Kaziba, Olive Mbekeka and James Magara.

On Friday morning, the players had the first session before going for a five hour long theory class, conducted by the head coach and the assistants.

In the theory session, the players were taken through different aspects of the game including attacking and defending, and also taken through the videos of their last year’s games in both CECAFA and COSAFA.

Of the three foreign based players, Fazila Ikwaput reported to camp in time on Monday, while Sandra Nabweteme and Yudaya Nakayenze are also expected anytime.

Head Coach Bulega will be tasked to name a 20-man team from the 30 players, to make the Ethiopia trip, before the second leg on April 6 in Kampala.

The winner of the two legs will qualify to meet Cameroon in yet another knock out meeting to determine who makes it to Japan next year.

The Crested Cranes team in camp

Goal keepers:Ruth Aturo (UCU Lady Cardinals), Diasy Nakaziro (Lady Doves), Vannessa Kalungi (She Corporates), Juliet Adeke (Kawempe Moslem)

Defenders-Shadia Nankya (Uganda Martyrs), Aisha Namukisa (Kampala Queens), Vola Namuddu (Makerere), Phaobe Banura (UCU L.C), Margret Birabwa (Muteesa I Royal), Wilmer Nantumbwe (She Corporates), Yudaya Nakayenze (Siminole Women Soccer tea, USA)-Yet to report, Gladys Nakitto (Lady Doves), Grace Aluka (Kawempe Moslem), Marion Amangat (Olila HS)

Midfielders: Phionah Nabbumba (Ajax Queens), Tracy Jones Akiror (Kawempe Moslem), Teddy Najjuma (UCU L.C), Shamilah Nalijja (Isra Academy), Fausia Najjemba (Isra), Lilian Mutuuzo (Kampala Queens), Anitah Namata (Kawempe Moslem), Susan Atim (Olila HS), Ritah Nabbosa (Lady Doves).

Strikers: Juliet Nalukenge (Kawempe Moslem), Monica Namwase (Kampala Queens), Hasifa Nassuna (UCU L.C), Zainah Namuleme (Kampala Queens), Resty Nanziri (Kampala Queens), Sandra Nabweteme (SW Oklahoma University, USA)-Yet to report and Fazira Ikwaput (BIIK Kazygurt, Kazakhstan)

Team Officials:

1-Faridah Bulega-Head Coach

2-Edward Kaziba-Assistant Coach

3-James Magara-Goal keeping coach

4-Olive Mbekeka-Trainer

5-Mable Kabatalindwa-Team Doctor

6-Prossy Nalwadda-Kits woman

7-Paul Ssali Mukisa-Team Cordinator

8-Aloysius Byamukama-Media Officer


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