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COSAFA Women Championship: Crested Cranes depart for South Africa

COSAFA Women Championship

Host: South Africa

Dates: 12th-22nd September 2018 in Port Elizabeth

Uganda National Women football team ‘Crested  Cranes’ departed for the COSAFA Women Championship on Monday afternoon.

Nabbumba Phionah  (L) and Nabissaalu Bridget

The contingent of 20 left Entebbe International Airport at 15:00hrs aboard South African Airlines and landed safely at OR Tambo International airport. Accommodated at Hotel near Airport but will connect tomorrow to Port Elizabeth.

Before  departure head coach Faridah Bulega assured Ugandans that the team is ready for  the tournament and they are going to compete not to participate.

‘We are going to compete but not to participate. My players will gain confidence, experience and exposure.
It is a great opportunity to be invited to this great tournament. We shall not disappoint our fans’ said Crested Cranes Head Coach Bulega.

Bulega also listed exposure and experience as some of the privileges her players will gain during the tournament.

Zaina Namuleme and Head Coach Faridah Bulega inside the plane.

Crested Cranes captain Tracy Jones Akiror promised Ugandans they will deliver and put up a fight.

‘We are well motivated. We are going to fight for good results. We urge all Ugandans to be behind us. Give us the support. We will not disappoint you’ said Crested Cranes captain Akiror

Akiror (L) and Goalkeeper Adeke Juliet on board

Uganda is in group C with Swaziland, Zimbabwe and Namibia.  Crested Cranes  will play Swaziland in the opening fixture on 12th September before taking Namibia and Zimbabwe on 15th and 17th respectively.

The fixtures for Uganda;

12th Swaziland vs Uganda

15th September Namibia vs Uganda

17th September Zimbabwe vs Uganda

The full Contingent

Goalkeepers-Aturo Ruth (UCU Lady Cardinals), Nakaziro Daisy (Muteesa I Royal University), Adeke Juliet (Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC), Namuddu Viola (She MAK), Nankya Shadia (Uganda Martyrs Lubaga), Nabisaalu Bridget(Ajax Queens), Namukisa Aisha (Kampala Queens), Aluka Grace (Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC), Nalugya Shamirah (Israh Soccer Academy), Nassuuna Hasifah (UCU Lady Cardinals), Akiror Tracy Jones (Kawempe Muslim Ladies), Mutiibwa Shakira (Gafford Ladies), Nakacwa Spencer (Uganda Martyrs), Alupo Norah (Saviours Women FC), Mutuuzo Lillian (Kampala Queens), Nabbumba Phiona (Ajax Queens), Nabbosa Riticia (Lady Doves), Namuleme Zainah (Kampala Queens), Nalukenge Juliet (Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC), Nanziri Resty (Kampala Queens).

Fitness trainer Oliver Mbekeka and Nabbosa Ritah
Fitness trainer Oliver Mbekeka (L) and Nabbosa Riticia

Team Officials:

Leader of Delegation: Chris Kalibbala

Head coach: Faridah Bulega

Assistant head coach: Edward Kaziba

Team Manager: Paul Ssali Mukisa

Medical Officer: Kabatalindwa Mable

Goalkeepers’ trainer: James Magala

Fitness trainer: Oliver Mbekeka

Team Media Officer: Stephen Mayamba


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