Uganda will return to women international football tournaments for the first time in three years.
The last time that Uganda had a women’s team taking part in a continental engagement was in 2014 in the U20 Africa Cup qualifiers.
However, there has been evident development of women’s football since then including the start of a regular league in 2015 which has proved to be a bedrock of new players.
Last year, Uganda hosted the Cecafa championship and managed to finish fourth with a squad of fresh and young players.
In the draws held at the Confederation of African Football (CAF) headquarters in Cairo,Egypt on Tuesday, Uganda was drawn against eternal rivals Kenya in the 2018 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
The Crested Cranes will take on the Kenyan starlets in the first round with Kenya hosting the first leg on 26th February 2018 and thereafter a return leg in Kampala on 6th March.
The winner on aggregate between Uganda and Kenya will take on Equatorial Guinea who have a bye in the first round.
The other teams that have a bye in the first round include champions Nigeria, Cameroon, and South Africa.
This is not the first time Uganda will be facing neighbours Kenya. The last two games have ended in comfortable victories for Kenya both ending with an identical 4-0 score.
First round fixtures
Senegal vs Algeria
Libya vs Ethiopia
Morocco vs Ivory Coast
Burkina Faso vs Gambia
Congo vs Central African Republic
Kenya vs Uganda
Lesotho vs Swaziland
Tanzania vs Zambia
Namibia vs Zimbabwe