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Crested Cranes are just a few years from AFCON qualification, says head coach Faridah Bulega

Crested Cranes captain Hasfah Nassuna (in white shirt) in action against the Kenya Harambe Starlets at the StarTimes stadium on Sunday: PHOTO BY SHABAN LUBEGA

The Crested Cranes head coach Faridah Bulega has assured the nation that her team is only a few years away from qualifying for the Women African cup of Nations(AFWCON).

This comes after her team drew 0-0 with Kenya at the StarTimes stadium in Lugogo on Sunday evening hence elimination from the 2018 AFWCON qualifiers.

Yesterday’s result meant that Uganda had lost 1-0 on aggregate after losing to the same scoreline in the first leg and Kenya matched on to the next phase of qualification where they will take on Equatorial Guinea.

“I am so grateful that my girls have put out their best display despite the fact that we did not win, said Faridah Bulega after Sunday’s game.

“The girls have the age advantage on their side and I can see them making history in a few years by qualifying for the AFWCON.

“Our main hindrance has always been the fact that we do not engage in these qualifiers and tournaments but now that the federation has enabled us, i know we can get better by each passing day.

On the players playing professionally, Bulega had this to say:

“We were unfortunate not to have some of our professionals for the games against Kenya but with proper organisation in the future, they can come in and bring the much desired experience and exposure to the team.

When asked about the influence of the domestic league on the national team, Bulega was quick to point out the need to grow the Women Elite league.

“Our main cry at the moment is to grow our league so as the girls get more playing time.

“The structure of our league currently doesn’t allow them to be competitive for huge spells in the year like in other countries.

“Let us hope that something is done about that and we can be good to go.

Team captain Hassifah Nassuna was full of disappointment about the result.

“It is such a pity that out journey has ended so soon, said Nassuna.

“We all tired our best and created chances especially on Sunday but we could not get the goal.

“Let us hope that luck will be on our side next time round and hopefully make it to the tournament proper.

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