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Uganda Crested Cranes start training ahead of friendly match with Kenya

The Uganda National Women team (Crested Cranes) has started  non residential training at the Phillip Omondi Stadium, Lugogo ahead of the highly anticipated international buildup match against their counterparts from Kenya on Sunday 3rd July 2016 at Moi Sports complex in Kisumu.

After the training, head coach Majidah Natanda said that she will put the emphasis on mental and psychological preparation.

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Head coach Majidah Nantanda with Denmark based Natasha Shirazi (M) and experienced Stella Kaliba during training at Lugogo.

‘The players do not need hard training because they have just completed the season, they need light training’ noted the coach.

She expects  a befitting challenge from Kenya since  they qualified for the continental Women’s Championships in Cameroon later this year.

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Get out of the way: Skill, focus and great movements: The Crested Cranes player in training at Lugogo on Wednesday afternoon

Both teams are preparing for the CECAFA women’s championship in September to be hosted in Uganda while Kenya is preparing for the Africa Women’s championship in December.

The team resumes training on Thursday evening 4pm at Phillip Omondi stadium, Lugogo.

Twenty four players have reported for the first training session.

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James Magala (L) stepped in for Daniel Kiwanuka who is in Njeru for the goalkeepers’ coaching course. Shirt no.19 is Fatumah Matovu of She Corporates who was voted best keeper of the FWEL 2016 season while Aturo winner of the league title with Kawempe Muslim also trained.

Two players Catherine Nakiridde and Annet Nakirijja from UCU Lady Cardinals missed the training session.

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All Smiles and focused ladies who will represent their beloved country Uganda. Kenya will offer them the biggest test on Sunday in Kisumu.

Players in attendance on Wednesday afternoon:

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

Denmark based Natasha Shirazi talking to the press after Wednesday's training at Philip Omondi stadium
Interview time for Natasha Shirazi with members of the sports media at Lugogo

Outfield players: Christine Wanyana (Buikwe She Red Stars), Stella Nassuna Kaliba (She Corporates), Fiona Katiti (Western United), 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), Ritah Nabbosa (Western United), Shakira Hussein Nalwoga (She Corporates), Halima Kembabazi (She Corporates), Zaina Namuleme (Ghadafi Integrated), Joan Nakirya (Kawempe Muslim SS), Tina Nambirigge (She Corporates), Betty Namataka (Mutesa I University), Rukia Namubiru (Ajax Queens Bulenga), Sandra Nabweteme (Kawempe Muslim SS),  Hasifa Nassuna (Kawempe Muslim SS), Cissy Nalubega (She Corporates), Asia Nakibuuka (London College, Nansana), Natasha Shirazi (Ballerupskovlude Foothold BSF, Denmark)

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Water break for the players as guided by the technical bench at Lugogo

MAIN PHOTO: Head coach Majida Nantanda introducing Denmark based Natasha Shirazi to her teammates during Wednesday’s training at Philip Omondi stadium


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