Women’s Cecafa: Crested Cranes Seek Perfect Start Against Kenya

Crested cranes Kaliba Stella (white) in action against Kenya in July

Women’s cecafa
Zanzibar vs Burundi 2pm
Uganda vs Kenya 4pm
Njeru Technical Centre, order Jinja

The Uganda women’s national football team will seek to start on a good note as they take on rivals Kenya on Sunday on the opening day of the women’s CECAFA tournament at Njeru technical centre in Jinja.

The crested cranes take on the Kenya starlets in the first game of group A with the hosts seeking revenge against their bitter rivals after a 4-0 thumping in a friendly game two months ago.

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Nantanda Mahidah, approved the crested cranes coach is confident the team is prepared to take on any challenge.

“The girls have been training hard and I think their confidence and attitude levels are high to take on anyone, page ” said Nantanda

“We have had enough time to try and put the girls in good shape and the progress has been impressive. Kenya is a good team but we are equally good.” She added.

On the other hand, the starlets are fresh from the COTIF tournament in Spain where they finished fourth and head coach David Ouma travelled to Kampala with a 20-man squad.

Key battles
Esse Akida (Kenya) vs Christine Wanyana (Uganda)

Christine Wanyana, the crested cranes captain will have a task to try and tame  a swift Esse Akida.
Akida finished the top scorer with 5 goals in the Spanish tour and won two penalties and also scored as Kenya humiliated Uganda 4-0

Carolyn Omondi (Kenya) vs Tracy Jones Akiror(Uganda)

This will be a battle in the midfield. Omondi is robust and hardworking in the midfield but will have role to tame Akiror who usually ignites the crested cranes attacks.

Ann Aluoch (Kenya) vs Hasifa Nassuna (Uganda)

Aluoch is the heartbeat of the Kenyan defence. She has good game reading, composed and calm on the ball. She will have the task of stopping a creative and dynamic  Nassuna who plays on the flanks and can also penetrate through the middle.

The championship will kickoff with a fixture between Zanzibar and Burundi at 2pm while Uganda will take on Kenya at 4pm.

Group A:
Uganda,Kenya,Burundi, Zanzibar

Group B:
Ethiopia, Tanzania, Rwanda.


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