Uganda Cranes in South Africa for women Championship 

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Crested Cranes Team

The Uganda National Women’s team, the Crested Cranes has departed for South Africa ahead of the Confederation of the South African Football Association –COSAFA Women Championship scheduled to take place starting Tuesday

A squad of 20 players comprising of two goalkeepers, six defenders, six midfielders and six forwards departed Entebbe International Airport this morning for the continental showpiece that will take place in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa.  

Uganda was placed in Group C alongside Giants Zambia, Eswatini and Namibia. The Crested Crane will face Eswatini formally Swaziland on September 30th, 2021 in their first game. This is the second time the Crested Cranes is featuring at COSAFA Championship as a guest team following their first appearance in 2018 when they finished third.

The team that is under the stewardship of George Lutalo has spent over two weeks camping at the FUFA Technical Center in Njeru. The team played three friendly games with the U-20 women team that was also preparing for the U-20 World Cup qualifier.  

  The Crested Cranes managed to win in two games and lost one. Lutalo says that he named his squad based on the player’s performance in the training they have conducted in the last two weeks. “The final 20 players named are those that excelled in training. I have the belief that the team named will do well in South Africa,” Lutalo revealed

Uganda will rely on the experience of Star Forward Sandra Nabweteme from Fimleikafélag Hafnarfjarðar club in Iceland who will lead the striking. Nabweteme said it is a privilege to be part of team Uganda, adding that this will be a great platform for the team as they prepare for the AFCON qualifiers.  

According to the tournament’s settings, only the group leaders in each of the three groups will advance to the Semifinals with the best second-placed team taking the fourth slot.  

The tournament is expected to help teams to prepare before the start of the qualifiers for the 2022 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations that are scheduled to begin in October.

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