Coach George Lutalo has included Swedish based Viola Nambi in the Crested Cranes squad that will face Kenya in the 2022 Africa Women Cup of Nations Qualifiers.
Nambi, 5ft 6in, can play both as a striker or a right winger and is a big addition to Uganda squad that targets to outs Kenya starlets for a place at this year’s Africa cup of Nations due August in Morocco.
She dons Shirt number 48 for Vaxjo Dff in the Swedish top tier. She is a fast, skillful and quick deciding forward who can as well deliver from the right flank.
Nambi helped St Mary’s Kitende clinch the 2012 girls national championship against perennial winners Kawempe Muslim before joining Kampala Junior Team (KJT) and later joined UCU lady Cardinals.
She later left the country in 2014 to Sweden.
Yudaya Nakayenze and Shiraz Natasha are part of the squad while Fazila Ikwaput who missed the Ethiopia tie has recovered in time.
Per FUFA website, the team will enter residential camp on Wednesday, 26th January at FUFA Technical Centre, Njeru and thereafter embark on training.
Uganda who needed shootouts to eliminate Ethiopia in the first round, will return to Africa Women Cup of Nations tournament since 2000 if they beat Kenya over two legs.
Uganda will host the first leg on February 17 before the return leg in Kenya four days later.
Goalkeepers – Aturo Ruth (UCU Lady Cardinals FC), Nakaziro Daisy (Lady Doves FC), Namakula Gloria (Tooro Queens FC), Adeke Juliet (Kawempe Muslim WFC), Nyayenga Daphine (Lady Doves FC)
Defenders – Nankya Shadia(UCU Lady Cardinals FC), Nakayenze Yudaya (Lindey Wilson College-USA), Namuddu Viola (Makerere University WFC), Nantumbwe Wilmer (She Corporate FC) Ariokot Eunice (Olila High School WFC), Komuntale Sumayah (Tooro Queens FC), Nakacwa Samalie(Kawempe Muslim WFC), Nakibuuka Asia(Kawempe Muslim WFC), Nadunga Bira (Olila High School WFC), Nantongo Aisha (Kawempe Muslim WFC), Banura Pheobe (UCU Lady Cardinals FC)
Midfielders – Nyinagahirwa Shakira (Kawempe Muslim WFC), Nabirye Joan (Vihiga Queens FC – Kenya), Nanziri Rhoda(Kawempe Muslim WFC), Nabbosa Riticia(Lady Doves FC), Nabbumba Phionah (She Corporate FC), Nalugya Shamirah (Kawempe Muslim WFC), Zalwango Sheebah (Asubo Gafford Ladies FC), Nandago Hadijah (Kawempe Muslim WFC), Kobusobozi Resty (Tooro Queens FC), Namuleme Zaina
(Kampala Queens FC), Nassuna Hasifah
(UCU Lady Cardinals FC)
Forwards – Nadunga Sharon (Kawempe Muslim WFC), Nanziri Resty (Kampala Queens FC), Nakacwa Spencer (Lady Doves FC), Nabweteme Sandra (Fimleikafelag hafnarfjordur-Iceland), Ikwaput Fazila (Lady Doves FC), Nambi Viola (Vaxjo dff FC), Shiraz Natasha (Maccabi Kishronot Hadera-Israel), Kisakye Sandra (UCU Lady Cardinals FC), Nandede Zainah (Kataka-She FC), Kunihira Margret (Kawempe Muslim WFC), Najjemba Fauzia (Kampala Queens FC), Mutuuzo Lilian (Kampala Queens)
Head Coach : George Lutalo
Assistant Coach: Kaziba Edward
Goalkeeping Coach: James Magala
Team Manager: Ssali Paul
Equipment Manager: Nalwadda Prossy