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Bulega Names Crested Cranes Squad for maiden Regional Tour

Kampala Regional Tour

Charges: Free Entrance 

Saturday, 16th March 2019

StarTimes stadium, Lugogo

Crested Cranes vs Kampala Region Select – 2 PM

Uganda Cranes vs Kampala Region Select– 4.30 PM

Crested Cranes head coach Faridah Bulega has released a squad comprising of 23 players ahead of the Kampala regional tour on Saturday, 16th March 2019.

This will be the first time that the women’s national team will play a regional tour game. They will play against Kampala Select regional side.

The team comprises of four goalkeepers, six defenders, eight midfielders and five strikers with the core of the team that played at the 2018 CECAFA Women’s Championship maintained.

Skipper Tracy Jones Akiror, reigning FUFA Female footballer Ruth Aturo and FUFA Women Elite leading top scorer Hasifa Nassuna are all part of the squad.

The team will have two days of non-residential training on 14th and 15th March 2019 at Maroons stadium, Luzira.

Coaches Mbekeka and Bulega work out a plan for the training session of Crested Cranes in 2018 at Kabojja grounds

According to FUFA Communications Manager, Ahmed Hussein, the motive of the tour is to move the team nearer to the fans but also help the team play more games.

‘Like it is the case with the senior men’s team, FUFA wants to take the Crested Cranes to the people but at the same time helps the team to remain active.’ He said.

Full Squad

Goalkeepers: Ruth Aturo(UCU Lady Cardinals), Vanessa Edith Karungi (She Corporate), Juliet Adeke(Kawempe Muslim Ladies), Daizy Nakaziro(Lady Doves)

Defenders: Shadia Nankya(Uganda Martys 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 University)

Midfileders: Damalie Matama(Kampala Queens), Phiona Nabbumba ( Ajax Queens,Bulenga), Fauziah Najjemba( Isra Soccer Academy), Tracy Jones Akiror( Kawempe Muslim Ladies), Teddy Najjuma (UCU Lady Cardinals), Lilian Mutuuzo( Kampala Queens), Anita Namata (Kawempe Muslim Ladies), Shamira Nalujja( Isra Soccer Academy)

Forwards: Juliet Nalukenge (Kawempe Muslim Ladies), Monica Namwase (Kampala Queens), Resty Nanziri (Kampala Queens), Zaina Namuleme (Kampala Queens), Hasifa Nassuna(UCU Lady Cardinals)

Crested Cranes Defender Nankya Shadia aims to clear the ball during Crested Cranes training in 2018.

MAIN PHOTO: Crested Cranes captain Tracy Akiror (L) in charge of the ball in the match against Zimbabwe during the 2018 COSAFA Women Championship in South Africa.