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Bulega optimistic about Crested Cranes chances

The Crested Cranes training earlier this week (file photo)

Tokyo 2020 Olympics Qualifiers

1st Leg Wednesday, 3rd April 2019

Ethiopia Vs Uganda – Addis Ababa stadium

Return Leg Saturday, 6th April 2019

Uganda Vs Ethiopia – Lugogo

Uganda Crested cranes head coach Faridah Bulega is optimistic that her team will make it through the Tokyo 2020 Women’s Olympics qualifiers.

Uganda will take on Ethiopia on Wednesday in the first leg of the preliminary round at the Addis Ababa Stadium.

The head coach believes getting a positive result in Addis Ababa will be important if her team is to progress to the next stage.

“The team is in good shape both mentally and physically. We have had good preparations and hoping for the best on Wednesday, said Bulega.

She also added that they will first play a defensive game because they want a positive result, however if it doesn’t go as planned they will shift to attacking.

“We shall first play a defensive game because we want a positive result ahead of the return leg,” she said.

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

Africa has one and half slots at the Olympics with the overall winner of the qualifiers earning a direct ticket while the runner up will play a playoff game against a team from South America.

The last time the two teams met was at the 2018 Women’s CECAFA Championship in Rwanda, a game that Uganda won 2-1.

Team that travelled to Ethiopia:

Goalkeepers: Ruth Aturo (UCU Lady Cardinals), Daisy Nakaziro (Lady Doves)

Defenders: Shadia Nankya (Uganda Martyrs High School Rubaga), Aisha Namukisa (Kampala Queens), Viola Namuddu (Makerere-She MAK), Yudaya Nakayenze (Siminole State College, USA), Grace Aluka (Kawempe Muslem SS Ladies FC), Marion Amangat (Olila High School)

Midfeilders: Phionah Nabbumba (Ajax Queens), Tracy Jones Akiror (Kawempe Muslem Ladies FC), Shamira Nalujja (Isra Soccer Academy), Fauziah Najjemba (Isra Soccer Academy), Lilian Mutuuzo (Kampala Queens), Ritah Nabbosa (Lady Doves).

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

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