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AWCON: Crested Cranes in a fragile must win affair against Kenya’s Harambee Starlets


AWCON: Crested Cranes in a fragile must win affair against Kenya’s Harambee Starlets

Zaina Namuleme challenges a Kenyan opponent for an aerial ball (A FUFA media photo) 

By: Sinan Rajub Senoga

The Uganda Crested Cranes have an enormous challenge at hand of overturning a 1-0 against their Kenyan counterparts The Harambee Starlets in the second leg of the first round of the Africa Women Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Uganda Crested Cranes vs Kenya (Harambee Starlets)
Venue : StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo
Kickoff : 4:00pm

The Crested Cranes succumbed to a 1-0 defeat in the reverse fixture at Machakos Stadium courtesy of a Lillian Adera long range effort on Wednesday 4th April.

Farida Bulega the Crested Cranes head coach is optimistic of pulling up a comfortable win,

She says;

‘Today’s mission will be different, we must find goals and also retain balance to keep the Kenyan side at bay.”

“We played with commitment and we were unfortunate to lose but this time round the final whistle will tell a different story. I don’t want to let out much but we are focused on winning comfortably.”

Bulega told the Daily Monitor.

How the Crested Cranes lined up in Machakos

Bulega will look up to skipper Hafsa Nassuna, Yudaya Nakayenze, Tinah Nambirigge and Tracy Jones Akiror for inspiration.

The Crested Cranes have been camping at FUFA Technical Center Njeru since arriving from Kenya on Thursday morning while the Kenyans jetted in on Friday morning and accommodated at Noble Hotel in Ntinda.

The aggregate winner in this encounter will take on Equatorial Guinea in the second round for a berth in the final tournament slated for November 17th – 1st December in Ghana.

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