2020 Olympic Qualifiers: USA based players Nabweteme, Nakayenze join Crested Cranes camp

SINAN RAJUB SENOGA

The Crested Cranes received a great boast as far as the 2020 Olympics Qualifier against Ethiopia is concerned.

USA based pair of Sandra Nabweteme and Yudaya Nakayenze arrived in the country last night and joined the rest of the squad which has been in a residential training in Jinja.

Nabweteme, a striker turns up for South West Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) while her compatriot Nakayenze plays for Seminole Women soccer team.

The former Kawempe Muslim duo arrived at Entebbe at around 22:30 hours on Thursday night.

” We are so happy to be here and very ready to play our hearts out for our country. It is such an honour to be called and play for the national team.”

Nabweteme briefly said on arrival

The two players complete the 30-player squad that was summoned by head coach Farida Bulega and her technical team last week.

Striker Fazila Ikwaput, attached to Kazakhstan outfit BIIK Kazygurt, was another player who joined camp this week on Monday 25th March.

The team entered camp on Friday 22nd March in the evening at the FUFA technical center in Njeru and embarked residential training since then.

The 30-player squad will be trimmed to 20 who will be traveling to Ethiopia on 1st April for the first leg encounter in Addis Ababa.

This will be the first time the Crested Cranes will be playing on International level since winning Bronze in the 2018 COSAFA Women’s Championship in South Africa last September.

The aggregate winner between Uganda and Ethiopia will take on continental heavyweights Cameroon who already received a bye.

Full Crested Cranes Squad
Goalkeepers:
Ruth Aturo (UCU Lady Cardinals), Daisy Nakaziro (Lady Doves), Vanessa Karungi (She Corporates), Juliet Adeke (Kawempe Muslim)

Defenders;
Shadia Nankya (Uganda Martyrs), Aisha Namukisa (Kampala Queens), Viola Namuddu (Makerere), Phoebe Banura (UCU Lady Cardinals), Margret Birabwa (Muteesa I Royal), Wilmer Nantumbwe (She Corporates), Yudaya Nakayenze (Seminole Women Soccer team, USA), Gladys Nakitto (Lady Doves), Grace Aluka (Kawempe Muslim), Marion Amagat (Olila HS)

Midfielders;
Phionah Nabbumba (Ajax Queens), Tracy Jones Akiror (Kawempe Muslim), Teddy Najjuma (UCU), Shamilah Nalujja (Isra Academy), Fauzia Najjemba (Isra), Lillian Mutuuzo (Kampala Queens), Anitah Namata (Kawempe Muslim), Susan Atim (Olila HS), Riticia Nabbosa (Lady Doves)

Strikers;
Juliet Nalukenge (Kawempe Muslim), Monica Namwase (Kampala Queens), Hasifa Nassuna (UCU), Zainah Namuleme (Kampala Queens), Resty Nanziri (Kampala Queens), Sandra Nabweteme (SW Oklahoma State University, USA) and Fazila Ikwaput (BIIK Kazygurt, Kazakhstan)

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