Crested Cranes Seek First Leg Advantage Against Algeria

Crested Cranes duo Fauziah Najjemba and Sandra Nabweteme. (FUFA photos)

Wednesday 20th 2023

Uganda Vs Algeria
FUFA Technical Centre, Njeru

Uganda Senior Women’s Football National Team, the Crested Cranes, will be hoping for a first leg advantage when they face off with Algeria in the TotalEnergies Women’s Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers to be held at Njeru on Wednesday.

The team has been rocked with coaching dilemma prior to this game headlined by Abdallah Mubiru turning down FUFA’s appointment as the assistant Coach, and now Ayub Khalifa Kiyingi is back as an assistant.

The Federation is yet to appoint a Head coach as the side face a tricky Algerian side

But despite facing a tough opponent, Khalifa is hopeful that they will put up a good show in the first meeting.

“We have been in the camp for quite some good time with both local based and professional players, whom I believe will add a lot to the team,” Khalifa said.

“Yes we are playing a team that is ranked 10th in Africa but I believe we have have prepared well and we shall put up a good show.”

The task at hand for Crested Cranes will be getting maximum points more so in front of the home crowd in Njeru.

The tickets are going for as low as Sh1000, as FUFA targeted a huge crowd to lift the team.

The Cranes, despite missing some players like Shamirah Nalugya (injured), they will rely more of some key foreign players including goalkeeper Vanessa Karungi, forwards Sandra Nabweteme, Fauziah Najjemba and Viola Nambi.

After the first leg at FUFA Technical Centre, Njeru the return leg will be held in Oran a week later.

Uganda is seeking to make a return to the continental showpiece for a third time and second successive appearance having played in Morocco last year.

The winner on aggregate between Uganda and Algeria will face either Burundi or Ethiopia at the final qualification stage.



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