Crested Cranes Intensify Training

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The Uganda Women Senior Team (Crested Cranes) entered day two of the residential training today Thursday at FUFA Technical center Njeru, ahead of the 2022 AWCON qualifier against Ethiopia.

The team is being handled by Head Coach George Lutalo, assisted by Edward Kaziba (assistant coach) and James Magala (goal keeping coach).

Laki Otandeka in training at FUFA Technical Centre, Njeru.

The initial 27 summoned players were beefed up by the U20 trio striker Juliet Nalukenge and midfielders Shakilah Nyinagahirwa and Hadijjah Nandago to make a total of 30 players.

Players stretch after the session 

“Today was our second day of training session, it has been good, the spirit of the players has been good and promising, and we have been trying to improve on our endurance and actually concentrating on our final third to see that we improve on our finishing and the entire response of the players has been good. We have hope that we shall perform well in this coming game,” Lutalo said.


Coach George Lutalo explaining to the players in training.

Uganda will face Ethiopia at the second qualifying phase with the first leg slated for 20th October 2021 at St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende.

The return leg will then be played on October 26 in Bahir Dar and the winner on aggregate from the two legs, will face either South Sudan or Kenya at the final qualification hurdle.

Laki Otandeka and Resty Nanziri stretching.

Players in Camp

Ruth Aturo (UCU Lady Cardinals FC), Daisy Nakaziro (Lady Doves FC), Daphine Nyayenga (Lady Doves FC)


Viola Namuddu (Makerere University WFC), Shadia Nankya (UCU Lady Cardinals FC), Bira Nadunga (Olila High School WFC), Samalie Nakacwa (Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC), Aisha Nantongo (Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC), Sumaya Komuntale (Tooro Queens FC), Phoebe Banura (UCU Lady Cardinals FC), Asia Nakibuuka (KawempeMuslim Ladies FC),


Shamirah Nalugya (Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC), Rhoda Nanziri (Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC), Sheebah Zalwango (Asubo Gafford Ladies FC), Phiona Nabbumba (She Corporate FC), Resty Kobusobozi (Tooro Queens FC), Riticia Nabbosa (Lady Doves FC), Joan Nabirye (Vihiga Queens FC), Shakilah Nyinagahilwa (Kawempe Muslim), Nandago Hadijah (Kawempe Muslim)


Hasifa Nassuna (UCU Lady Cardinals FC), Sharon Naddunga (Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC), Resty Nanziri (Kampala Queens FC), Sandra Nabweteme (Fimleikafélag Hafnarfjarðar, Iceland), Laki Otandeka (New Jersey Copa FC, USA), Fauzia Najjemba (Kampala Queens FC), Margaret Kunihira (Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC), Spencer Nakacwa (Lady Doves FC), Juliet Nalukenge (Apollon LFC-Syprus)

Head Coach – George Lutalo
Assistant Coach – Edward Kaziba
Goalkeeping Coach- James Magala

Team Coordinator- Paul Ssali
Team Doctor- Mable Kabatalindwa
Equipment Manager – Prossy Nalwadda
Media Officer- Aloysius Byamukama

Players stretch after the session 

Players warm up before the trainig session on Thursday 

Rhoda Nanziri raises above Ashia Nakibuka in a challenge

Sandra Nabweteme (green) during training


Shamila Nalijja against Sandra Nabweteme.

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