The Uganda Women National team, Crested Cranes, have intensified preps for the 2018 COSAFA Women Championships as the team entered residential training camp at Njeru technical centre.
The Ugandan ladies together with counterparts Cameroon were invited as guest teams for the 2018 edition, slated for September 12th -22nd in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
The two teams will join ten COSAFA sides- defending Champions South Africa and Zimbabwe, runners-up in last year’s edition.
Fresh from finishing a respectable second in the just concluded CECAFA women Challenge Cup in Rwanda, Coach Faridah Bulega and her charges will have their credentials tested by the elite sides in African women football.
The 23-woman squad departed for Jinja on Thursday 6th, with the squad expected to be trimmed to only 20 players before setting off for South Africa on Sunday 9th September.
Uganda is pitted against Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Namibia in Group C and will open their account against Swaziland at the Wollfon Stadium on 12th September.
Goalkeepers; Ruth Aturo (UCU Lady Cardinals), Daisy Nakaziro (Muteesa I Royal University), Juliet Adeke (Kawempe Muslim) Defenders Viola Namuddu (She MAK), Shadia Nankya (Uganda Martyrs Rubaga), Bridget Nabisalu (Ajax Queens), Aisha Namukisa (Kampala Queens), Grace Aluka (Kawempe Muslim), Mariam Nakabugo (Kawempe Muslim)
Midfielders; Shamirah Nalugya (Israh 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 (Olila Women), Lillian Mutuuzo (Tagy High), Zainah Namuleme (Kampala Queens), Juliet Nalukenge (Kawempe Muslim), Fauzia Najjemba (Israh Academy), Favour Danielita Nambatya (Muteesa I Royal University), Resty Nanziri (Tagy High).
Youngster Lillian Mutuuzo is expected to be a mainstay in Bulega’s team following her virtuoso performances in the CECAFA Women championship in Rwanda Technical Team: Farida Bulega (Head coach), Edward Kaziba (Assistant coach), James Magala (Goalkeeping coach), Paul Ssali (Team Manager), Mable Kabatalindwa (Team doctor)