Fitness coach Oliver Mbekeka leads the Crested Cranes in training at Luzira prisons

A total of 28 players out of the 35 summoned turned up for the Crested Cranes on the first training on Thursday as the senior women football side kicked off preparations for forthcoming CECAFA  Championship due November 14-23  in Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania.

The team started non-residential training at the Luzira Prisons playground and continued with the same programme on Friday morning at the StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo where 31 players turned up.

“We are hopeful players will improve and more emphasis is on ball work, combination and fitness levels. Our main aim in this Championship is to shine because we have a good squad,” noted Faridah Bulega, the Crested Cranes head coach.

Crested Craanes coaches Bulega, Ayub Khalifan and Oliva Mbekeka discuss

The team will have a five-day non-residential training before heading to the FUFA Technical Centre, Njeru for residential camp.

Training resumes on Monday after a two-day break for Fufa women super league 2019/20 season kickoff this weekend.

The team is captained by reigning Airtel-FUFA female player of the year 2018 Ruth Aturo.

Crested Cranes Squad:

Goalkeepers: Daisy Nakaziro (Lady Doves), Ruth Aturo (UCU Lady Cardinals), Irene Paska Akiteng (Lady Doves), Vannesa Karungi (She Corporate)

Defenders: Viola Namuddu (Makerere University), Shadia Nankya (UCU Lady Cardinals), Bridget Nabisaalu (She Corporate), Mercy Nabulobi (UCU Lady Cardinals), Margret Birabirwa (Muteesa I Royal University), Marion Amangat (Olila High School), Brendah Nandagire (Uganda Martyrs),  Stella Musibika (Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC ), Eunice Ariokot (Olila High School), Grace Aluka ( Kawemep Muslim SS Ladies FC), Aisha Namukisa (Kawempe Queens).

Midfielders: Asia Nakibuuka (Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC), Sarah Nakuya (Nkumba University), Norah Alupo (Saviors), Zaina Nandede (Asubo Gafford Ladies), Riticia Nabbosa (Lady Doves), Esther Beatrice Adokole (Asubo Gafford Ladies), Teddy Najjuma (UCU Lady Cardinals), Harriet Nakuba (Kampala Queens), Phiona Nabumba (She Corporate), Amina Nababi (Makerere University), Fauzia Najjemba (Kampala Queens)

Forwards: Hasifa Nassuna (UCU Lady Cardinals), Juliet Nalukenge (Kawempe Muslim), Margret Kunihira (Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC), Rashidah Nankya (Uganda Martyrs), Resty Nanziri (Kampala Queens), Zainah Namuleme (Kampala Queens), Fazila Ikwaput (Lady Doves), Shamirah Nalugya (Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC), Mable Kusasira (Kampala Queens)

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