By: Sinan Rajub Senoga
Crested Cranes coach Farida Bulega has named a 20-player squad for the upcoming COSAFA Women’s Championship in South Africa.
After days of residential training camp at Njeru, Bulega trimmed the squad from 23 to the final 20. Favour Danielita Nambatya, Fauzia Najjemba and Mariam Nakabugo were unfortunate to beat the cut.
The final squad consists of 5 players who didn’t take part in the CECAFA Women’s Championship held in Rwanda last July. These include Hasifa Nassuna, Shakira Mutiibwa, Shamirah Nalugya, Resty Nanziri and Riticia Nabbosa.
Goalkeepers; Ruth Aturo (UCU Lady Cardinals), Daisy Nakaziro (Muteesa I Royal University), Juliet Adeke (Kawempe Muslim)
Viola Namuddu (She MAK), Shadia Nankya (Uganda Martyrs Rubaga), Bridget Nabisalu (Ajax Queens), Aisha Namukisa (Kampala Queens), Grace Aluka (Kawempe Muslim)
Midfielders ; Shamirah Nalugya (Israh Soccer Academy), Tracy Jones Akiror (Kawempe Muslim), Shakira Mutiibwa (Gafford Ladies), Spencer Nakachwa (Uganda Martyrs), Phiona Nabbumba (Ajax Queens), Riticia Nabbosa (Lady Doves Masindi)
Forwards; Hasifa Nassuna (UCU Lady Cardinals), Norah Alupo (Saviours Women), Lillian Mutuuzo (Kampala Queens), Zainah Namuleme (Kampala Queens), Juliet Nalukenge (Kawempe Muslim), Resty Nanziri (Kampala Quuens)
Team Officials ;
Leader of Delegation: Chris Kalibbala
Head coach: Faridah Bulega
Assistant coach: Edward Kaziba
Team Manager: Paul Ssali
Team Doctor: Mable Kabatalindwa
Goalkeeping coach: James Magala
Fitness trainer: Oliver Mbekeka
Media Officer: Stephen Mayamba
The Crested Cranes contingent flies out Monday (3.15pm) aboard South African Airways.
Uganda will open up their COSAFA Women’s campaign with a Group C duel against Swaziland on Wednesday 12th before facing off with Namibia (15th) and Zimbabwe (17th).