Women's Football

Crested Cranes looking to improve on attack ahead of CECAFA tournament

Crested Cranes players during a recent training exercise at the FUFA technical Center, Njeru | FUFA image

The 2019 edition of the CECAFA Women Championship is on the horizon, with the tournament scheduled for 16th – 24th November in Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania.

The Uganda Crested Cranes are well underway with their preparations for the tournament at the FUFA Technical Center, as they seek to win the tournament for the first time.

A squad of 30-players have been undergoing drills at Njeru under the watchful eyes of head coach Faridah Bulega and her assistants. The team has played a couple of friendlies giving the players a test of real match action.

According to assistant coach Edward Kaziba, the girls in camp have shown very good response and there is evidence of improved fitness conditions.

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But the technical team is not convinced with the team’s set up and reaction especially when they lose possession.

“The girls have reacted very well and they are in better shape physically than they did when we entered camp,” Edward Kaziba told media after today’s training session.

“We are still working on the shape of the team especially when we lose possession of the ball, the response has been good, but it is still lacking,” he added. 

The coach also noted that the team has not quite gelled well in attack despite being solid at the back, but promised that by the time they head out for the tournament, they will have improved.

“Given that we have a day and a half, our focus shall still be on how we attack especially in scoring, otherwise the defending part is now fair,” Kaziba went on to say.

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The Crested cranes surely have goals in the team with forwards like young prospect Juliet Nalukenge who was the top scorer at the just concluded COSAFA U-17 tournament in Mauritius, as well as Hasifah Nassuna who is the all time top scorer of the FUFA Women Elite League.

A 20 man squad that will represent the country at the tournament is expected to be named on Thursday before the team flies out to Tanzania ahead of their opening fixture in group B against Djibouti.

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