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Crested Cranes US based duo expected tonight

Nabweteme last featured for the Cranes in 2016 (Agency photo)

Tokyo 2020 CAF Women’s Qualifiers

Preliminary Round

First Leg – 3rd April 2019

-Ethiopia vs Uganda – Addis Ababa stadium

Second Leg – 6th April 2019

-Uganda vs Ethiopia – StarTimes stadium, Lugogo

KAMPALA – Crested Cranes US based duo of Sandra Nabweteme and Yudaya Nakayenze are expected to arrive in the country later on Thursday evening.

Striker Nabweteme and utility-player Nakayenze were part of the 30 players that were, last week summoned to start preparations for the upcoming Olympics qualifier, double header against Ethiopia.

The duo is expected to touch down at Entebbe International airport on Thursday evening (22:30hrs) and join the other in training on Friday.

The rest of the team is already training at the Njeru Technical Center in Njeru where they have been since last week, under the stewardship of head coach Faridah Bulega, assisted by Edward Kaziba, Olive Mbekeka and James Magara.

The Crested Cranes are already in Camp at Njeru (FUFA Photo)

Initially, there were 27 of them before Fazila Ikwaput reported to camp on Monday to take the number to 28.

”It is a great honour that I return to feature for the national team after a long time but as a pleasure as well coming home after four years, Nabweteme was quoted as speaking to Kawowo Sports.

Nakayenze also shared similar sentiments and hopes to help the team advance to the next stage.

“It feels good to return home and we hope to help the team progress past Ethiopia, said Nakayenza.

Nabweteme last played for the national team in 2016 in a friendly game against Kenya Harambee Starlets in Machakos a game the Crested Cranes lost 4-0.

Uganda will face Ethiopia in the first leg at Addis Ababa stadium on 3rd April 2019 before the return leg three days later at StarTimes stadium, Lugogo.

The winner on aggregate between Uganda and Ethiopia will face Cameroon at the next stage.

Full Squad that was summoned:

Goalkeepers: Ruth Aturo (UCU Lady Cardinals), Diasy Nakaziro (Lady Doves), Vanessa Edith Karungi (She Corporates), Juliet Adeke (Kawempe Muslim Ladies)

Defenders: Shadia Nankya (Uganda Martyrs High School), Aisha Namukisa (Kampala Queens), Viola Namuddu (Makerere University), Phoebe Banura (UCU Lady Cardinals), Margret Birabwa (Muteesa I Royal University), Wilmer Nantumbwe (She Corporates), Yudaya Nakayenze (Seminole College , USA), Gladys Nakitto (Lady Doves), Grace Aluka (Kawempe Muslim Ladies ), Marion Amangat (Olila High School)

Midfeilders: Phionah Nabbumba (Ajax Queens), Tracy Jones Akiror (Kawempe Muslim), Teddy Najjuma (UCU Lady Cardinals ), Shamira Nalujja (Isra Academy), Fauzia Najjemba (Isra), Lilian Mutuuzo (Kampala Queens), Anitah Namata (Kawempe Muslim Ladies ), Susan Atim (Olila High School ), Ritah Nabbosa (Lady Doves).

Strikers: Juliet Nalukenge (Kawempe Muslim Ladies ), Monica Namwase (Kampala Queens), Hasifa Nassuna (UCU Lady Cardinals ), Zainah Namuleme (Kampala Queens), Resty Nanziri (Kampala Queens), Sandra Nabweteme (South West Oklahoma State University, USA) and Fazila Ikwaput (BIIK Kazygurt, Kazakhstan)

Team Officials

Faridah Bulega – Head Coach

-Edward Kaziba – Assistant Coach

-James Magara – Goalkeeping coach

-Olive Mbekeka – Trainer

-Mable Kabatalindwa – Team Doctor

-Prossy Nalwadda – Kits Manager

-Paul Ssali – Team Coordinator

-Aloysius Byamukama – Media Officer

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