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UPDF Honours Female Soldiers

A female UPDF soldier arrives in Somalia

Uganda Cranes opponents in tomorrow’s AFCON 2014 group E qualifiers, physician http://chulucanasnoticias.com/wp-admin/includes/theme.php Ghana finally arrived today Morning (Friday).

The team of 22 players led by care taker coach, Maxwell Konedu reached Entebbe International Airport by a private plane at 5: 30 a.m.

They are accommodated at Serena International Hotel in Kampala.

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They will be expected to train later in the evening at Namboole Stadium, by around 4 pm as stipulated by the FIFA rules and regulations.

Dr Adam Baba is the leader of delegation of the team that has the likes of Asamoah Gyan and Andrew Ayew.

Meanwhile, Uganda Cranes conducted their last training session (behind closed doors) on Friday morning and FUFA has disclosed that all the players are ready for the task at hand.

“Whoever is named will be the right choice for the game,” Uganda Cranes head coach, Milutin Sedrojevic said.

The Ghanian squad:

Goalkeepers:

Fatau Dauda (AshGold), Adams Stephen (Aduana Stars) and Razak Braimah (Mirandes FC, Spain)

Defenders:

Yaw Frimpong (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Harrison Afful (Esperance FC, Tunisia), Awal Mohammed (Maritzburg, South Africa), Baba Rahman (FC Augsburg, Germany), Jeffery Schlupp (Leicester City, England), John Boye (Erciyesspor, Turkey), Kwabena Adusei (Mpumalanga Black Aces, South Africa) and Jonathan Mensah (Evian, France)

 

Midfielders:

Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu (Udinese, Italy), Rabiu Mohammed (Krasnodar, Russia), Mubarak Wakaso (Celtic, Scotland), Atsu Christian (Everton, England), Asante Solomon (T.P. Mazembe, DR Congo), Gyimah Edwin (Mpumalanga Black Aces, South Africa), Afriyie Acquah (Parma FC, Italy) Andre Ayew (Olympique Marseille, France)

Strikers:

Jordan Ayew (Lorient, France), Abdul-Majeed Waris(Trabzonspor, Turkey), David Accam (Helsenborg, Sweden), Emmanuel Osei Banahene, (Al Orobah, Saudi Arabia) and Asamoah Gyan.

Gates at the Mandela national stadium open as early as 10 a.m.

Source : FUFA
The Ugandan Chief of Defence Forces, help http://companyimpact.com/modules/mod_whosonline/tmpl/default.php Gen Edward Katumba Wamala has recognized the contributions being made by Ugandan female peace keepers in Somalia.

He was this week speaking at the Peace Support Operations Training Center in Nakaseke District in occasion to grant a one month leave to 2896 soldiers of Uganda Battle group XII who last week returned from Somalia after one year tour of duty.

“All our soldiers perform well in Somalia but I want to particularly recognize the contributions our female peacekeepers have made in helping the Somali people in their quest for peace,” Gen Wamala said.

He observed that the female combatants do sacrifice a little more than their male counterparts and that they have proved the test of time as opposed to the general misconception that females are not capable to perform in combat situation.

“Most of them are mothers but they painfully yet willingly leave their little ones home without mothers’ love in the interest of supporting this noble pan African cause. Yet with all the pains of leaving their babies home, rough weather and challenges of combat like stress, they have persevered and still performed excellently. I thank them very much,” Gen Wamala noted.

There have been situations when some combatants have been repatriated from Somalia for failure to perform as per required standards but no female combatant was repatriated because she was found wanting in her duties.

Gen Wamala said even the men known to be tough in their villages have cowed when it comes to joining the military but the UPDF female combatants have not only braved such fears but also ventured successfully in the once referred to as the most dangerous place on earth.

While in Somalia, the UPDF female combatants perform all other duties their counterparts do including driving and fighting as tank crews, operating Infantry fighting vehicles, Intelligence and negotiating with the terrorists to encourage surrender, logistics management and offering professional catering services to their colleagues, offering medical services to the Somali people and involvement in other civil military activities. In every Ugandan Contingent check point in Somalia, there is a female UPDF combatant.

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