Crested Cranes head coach Faridah Bulega has named an 18-man squad that will represent Uganda at the 2018 East African Community Games.
The Championship to be held in Burundi will see regional teams compete in different sports disciplines and Women’s Football is among those.
Bulega has maintained the core of the team that played at the recently concluded Women’s CECAFA Championship in Rwanda with 13 players part of the travelling contingent.
The new additions include captain Hasifa Nassuna who returns to team after missing the CECAFA Championship.
The others include Catherine Nakiridde, Resty Nanziri, Riticia Nabossa and Gladys Nakitto.
Despite being named on the team initially, Yudaya Nakayenze will not travel to Burundi after landing a scholarship in the USA.
The defender travelled to USA on Tuesday to continue with her studies but play football as well at Seminole State College.
The squad has two goalkeepers, five defenders, six midfielders and five forwards.
Ruth Aturo(UCU Lady Cardinals), Daisy Nakaziro(Muteesa I Royal University)
Gladys Nakitto(Lady Doves),Bridget Nabisaalu(Ajax Queens),Viola Namuddu(She MAK), Shadia Nankya(Uganda Martyrs)
Catherine Nakiridde(UCU Lady Cardinals),Tracy Jones Akiror(Kawempe Muslim),Phiona Nabbumba(Ajax Queens), Lilian Mutuuzo(Taggy High School),Norah Alupo(Olila High School),Riticia Nabbosa(Lady Doves),Spencer Nakachwa(Uganda Martyrs)
Hasifa Nassuna(UCU Lady Cardinals), Favour Nambatya(Muteesa I Royal University),Monica Namwase(Gafford Ladies), Resty Nanziri(Taggy High School),Winnie Babirye(Lady Doves)
The Republic of Burundi will host the first edition of the East African Community Games (EACoG) from 16th to 30thAugust 2018 in the city of Bujumbura, and in the towns of Ngozi and Gitega, under the theme Fostering EAC Integration and Peace through Sports.
The Games will take the form of all East Africa Games and will include multiple sports disciplines including: Athletics, Football, Handball, Basketball, Netball, Volleyball, Tennis, Rugby, Judo, Karate, Boxing and Taekwondo to be competed among the 6 Partner States that form the East African Community.
EACoG is a Regional Sports initiative that emanates from the decision of the 20th EAC Council of Ministers, which directed the Secretariat to organize and hold sports tournaments on regular basis with partnership of private sector, civil society, voluntary organizations/ institutions/individuals and Development Partners.
This was in recognition of the important role sports play towards reinforcing the spirit of East African unity and development and galvanizing a passionate, visionary and broad participation among the East African people, reflecting the basic principle of a people-centered regional integration.