Crested Cranes Mark Second Day of Non-Residential Training

Uganda’s women national football team, salve   continued with preparations for the forthcoming Council of East and Central Africa (CECAFA) tournament by engaging in intensive training.

34 of the summonsed players attended day two of the non residential training on Wednesday morning at the Phillip Omondi stadium.

Majidah Nantanda,the coach believes there was improvement from the girls/women on day two with all the girls showing commitment.

“There has been progress from what we had yesterday. The girls have shown commitment and I believe as time goes on,we shall be able get to the required standards before the tournament starts,” said Nantanda after Wednesday training.

The team was taken through light drills, with emphasis put  on passing the ball, shooting towards goal and creating goal scoring chances in the final third.

However, Nantanda was worried about some players missing training because of engagements elsewhere.

“We have a few days left to the tournament, so you would want to have a full squad in time for good assessment but some players are engaged with either their schools or jobs,” she lamented.

Tracy Jones Akiror, Yudaya Nakayenze, Nassuna and Joan Nakirya all from Kawempe Muslim are yet to join the team because of engagement with the school team at the ongoing East African Secondary school games in Eldoret Kenya while goalkeeper Fatuma “Kim” Matovu is yet to receive clearance from his employers.

Training resumes on Thursday morning with the coach expected to trim the squad to thirty players. Two foreign based players are expected to join the team at the end of this week. Lucky Otaantenga from USA and Jean Foot Sseninde who plays for QPR in England are the two foreign based players expected to join the team.

Team that trained on Wednesday

Ruth Aturo and Cissy Nakiguba

Outfield players
Faridah Kisitu, Rachael Ndagire, Marion Amangat, Siporosa Amoding, Sharon Achen, Fazila Ikwapat, Rukia Aringo, Norah Alupo, Patricia Apio, Mariam Ibonyu, Florence Nakalule, Carol Nakyanzi, Cissy Nalubega, Gladys Nakiito, Barbara Nakyanzi, Betty Namataka, Esther Naluyimba, Margret Namirimu, Zainah Nantumbwe, Winnie Babirye, Hadijjah Nampijja.

Sandra Nantumbwe, Bridget Nabisaalu, Ritah Nakirijja, Ritah Nabossa, Viola Namuddu, Asia Nakibuuka, Naome Nagadya, Christine Wanyana, Stellah Kaliba, Nalwoga Shakirah, Christine Nambirige, Joyce Nakakooza

Head coach: Majidah Nantanda
Assistant coach: Faridah Bulega
Team coordinator: Henry Barungi
Medical officer: Beatrice Maleni

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