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Crested Cranes enter residential camp ahead of COSAFA Women’s Championship

Crested Cranes entered residential camp at FUFA Technical Centre, Njeru

25 of the 32 players summoned reported in camp

5 players from Lady Doves allowed to rest up to Monday

Yudaya Nakayenze and Natasha Shiraz will join camp later

The Uganda Senior Women National Team (The Crested Cranes) has on Saturday evening commenced preparations for the forthcoming 2021 COSAFA Women’s Championship to be hosted by South Africa.

25 of the 32 played summoned entered residential camp at FUFA Technical Centre, Njeru to embark on preparations for the Championship where Uganda will feature as a guest team.

Crested Cranes players and officials pose for a group photo.

This will be the second time that Uganda plays at the COSAFA Women’s Champions with the maiden appearance coming in 2018 and the Crested Cranes settled for third place.

Head coach George Lutalo confirmed that five players summoned from Lady Doves FC have been granted a three-day rest before they join camp.

Crested Cranes head coach, George Lutalo.

“Lady Doves have been representing Uganda at the just concluded CAF Women’s Champions League Qualifiers and we decided to allow the players some time to rest before joining us. The five players will join the rest of the team on Monday.” noted Lutalo.

The coach also confirmed that Yudaya Nakayenze and Natasha Shiraz will join the team at a later date.

Forwards Sandra Nabweteme and Laki Otandeka who play for Fimleikafélag Hafnarfjarðar (Iceland) and New Jersey Copa FC, (USA) respectively are already part of the team in Njeru.

Sandra Nabweteme arriving at FUFA Technical Centre, Njeru.

Laki Otandeka.

Crested Cranes players in camp

Goalkeepers

Ruth Aturo (UCU Lady Cardinals FC), Elsie Najjemba (Rines WFC), Gloria Namakula (Tooro Queens FC)

Defenders

Viola Namuddu (Makerere University WFC), Shadia Nankya (UCU Lady Cardinals FC), Eunice Ariokot (Olila High School WFC), Bridget Nabisaalu (She Corporate FC), Phoebe Banura (UCU Lady Cardinals FC), Justin Kizza Najjuko (She Maroons FC), Asia Nakibuuka (Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC)

Midfielders

Joan Naggayi (She Maroons FC), Rhoda Nanziri (Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC), Kautharah Naluyima (She Maroons FC), Sheebah Zalwango (Asubo Gafford Ladies FC), Phiona Nabbumba (She Corporate FC), Grace Nassongo (Amuria High School FC), Amina Nababi (Makerere University WFC), Resty Kobusobozi (Tooro Queens FC), Anita Namata (Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC)

Forwards

Hasifa Nassuna (UCU Lady Cardinals FC), Sharon Naddunga (Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC), Resty Nanziri (Kampala Queens FC), Sandra Nabweteme (Fimleikafélag Hafnarfjarðar, Iceland), Laki Otandeka (New Jersey Copa FC, USA)

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