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International friendly: Kenya vs Uganda; Crested Cranes Contingent leaves, Wanyana named captain

Women football: International Friendly; Kenya vs Uganda

Sunday: 3rd July, 2016 in Kisumu at 4pm

Live on 102.1 FUFA fm


Uganda National women football team and officials left on Friday morning at 10.34am for the trip to Kisumu where they will play a friendly match against Kenya on Sunday. There was a lot of excitement among the players and officials at FUFA House before they departed.

They were served breakfast at FUFA House but many players were just in awesome moments.

Right back defender Viola Namuddu a player with FUFA Women Elite League champions Kawempe Muslim Secondary School said that she has been dreaming of playing for her country.

‘I love my country Uganda. I am excited about this opportunity to play for Crested Cranes’ said Namuddu

Christine Wanyana who plays for Buikwe She Red Stars was named captained to be assisted by She Corporates equally experienced player Stella Nasuna Kaliba.

‘I have confidence in this pair as they have experience in the leadership roles in football’ said head coach Nantanda Majidah.

Before departure the players were briefed by FUFA Communications Manager Ahmed Hussein on how to handle media related issues especially when  approached for interviews.

The players were also hosted in the studios on 102.1 FUFA fm.

The National Women Team-Crested Cranes in a photo moment with FUFA CEO Edgar Watson (3rd from L) in-front of the Uganda Cranes bus in Mengo before the team left for Kenya.

‘You need to remain confident and relevant to what has been asked by the media. Create a working relationship with the media so that they also get to fall in love with women football hence increased coverage of the game’ said Hussein

Former Uganda Cranes goalkeeper Paul Ssali who also traveled with the team to Kenya  talked to the players as well.

Kawempe’s deadly duo Hasifah Nassuuna (L) and Sandra Nabtweme (R) all smiles. The pair scored 41 goals in the 2015/2016 FUFA Women elite League

‘Playing for the National team is total pride. Very many young girls play football but being in the final 19 squad going to Kenya is a big achievement. National team selection is based on performance. Do not relax after the trip to Kenya’ noted Ssali who has contributed immensely to women football in Uganda since the early 90s.

L-R Sandra Nabweteme, Stella Kaliba and Hasifah Nassuuna (in red) with Amakya Amawomu hosted by Mzee and Becky Delly

FUFA Chief Executive Officer Edgar Watson wished the team a safe journey to Kenya and back home.

‘Go and play to the best of your ability. We believe in you. You need to work hard and as a team during the match’ said Watson

Ahmed Hussein and Paul Ssali talking to the players

Contingent to Kenya;

Woman Representative on the FUFA Executive Committee Ms. Agnes Mugena is the Leader of Delegation.

Technical staff:

Head coach: Majidah Nantanda

Assistant Coach: Faridah Bulega

Goalkeeping Coach: Daniel Kiwanuka and James Magala

Co-ordinator: Henry Barungi

Media Officer: Aloysius Byamukama

Medical Officer: Beatrice Maleni

Goalkeepers: Fatuma Matovu (She Corporates), Ruth Aturo (Kawempe Muslim SS)

Christine Wanyana (Buikwe She Red Stars), Stella Nassuna Kaliba (She Corporates),  Viola Namuddu (Kawempe SS), Rachael Ndagire (Gafford Ladies), Florence Nakalule (Gafford Ladies), Naome Nagadya (She Corporates), Tracy Akiror (Kawempe Muslim SS), Yudaya Nakayenze (Kawempe Muslim SS),  Shakira Hussein Nalwoga (She Corporates), Halima Kembabazi (She Corporates), Zaina Namuleme (Ghadafi Integrated), Joan Nakirya (Kawempe Muslim SS), Tina Nambirigge (She Corporates), Sandra Nabweteme (Kawempe Muslim SS),  Hasifa Nassuna (Kawempe Muslim SS),  Asia Nakibuuka (London College, Nansana), Natasha Shirazi (Ballerupskovlude Foothold BSF, Denmark)

Towering and experienced Christine Wanyana (R) has been named captain of Crested Cranes. She will be assisted by Stella Nasuna Kaliba

MAIN PHOTO: The Crested Cranes players at FUFA House on Friday morning 

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