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Crested Cranes Start Training Ahead Of CECAFA Tournament

The Uganda senior women’s football team has commenced preparations ahead of the Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations(CECAFA) tournament.

The tournament that will be staged in Rwanda this month will attract the teams around the East African region.

Faridah Bulega the head coach summoned a provisional team of 28 players who commenced training on Tuesday morning at Mandela National Stadium.

Bulega has maintained a core of the squad that faced Kenya in the 2018 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations qualifiers.

The team that started against Kenya recently at Startimes stadium

However, she has added nine new faces including Fazilah Ikwaput and Ritah Nabossa who recently were playing with Gokalum Kerala in India.

Fazilah Ikwaput returns to the team

The others include goalkeeper Gloria Namakula, defender Bridget Nabisaalu and versatile Annet Namwenge all from Ajax Queens Bulenga.

The other newly summoned players include Meble Kusasira(Kampala Queens), Favour Nambatya(Muteesa I Royal University), Rodha Nanziri(St.Noa), Sheebah Zalwango(Gafford Ladies) and Lilian Mutuuzo from Taggy High School.

Tanzania won the last edition hosted by Uganda in 2016 defeating Kenya in the finals.

Crested Cranes captain Hasifa Nassuna in action against Kenya
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The rest of the squad includes:
Goalkeepers
Ruth Aturo(UCU Lady Cardinals). Cissy Nakiguba(Kampala Queens) and Daisy Nakaziro(Muteesa I Royal University)

Defenders
Viola Namuddu(She MAK), Shadia Nankya (Uganda Martyrs), Yudaya Nakayenze(UCU Lady Cardinals),Grace Aluka(Kawempe Muslim), Gladys Nakitto(Kampala Queens), Aisha Namukisa(Kampala Queens)

Midfielders
Tracy Jones Akiror(Kawempe Muslim), Shakira Mutiibwa(Gafford Ladies), Esther Naluyimba(Uganda Martyrs), Phiona Nabbumba(Ajax Queens), Zaina Namuleme(Kampala Queens),Shamira Nalujja(Isra Academy)

Forwards
Winnie Babirye(Kampala Queens), Hasifa Nassuna(UCU Lady Cardinals),Juliet Nalukenge(Kawempe Muslim),Spencer Nakachwa(Uganda Martyrs)

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