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WAFCON Qualfiers: Algeria name traveling squad to face Crested Cranes


Thé Uganda Women National Team, Crested Cranes are going to face Algeria Women’s National Team in the Women’s AFCON qualifiers on Wednesday, 20th September at the Fufa Technical Centre- Njeru.

Ahead of the game, Algeria have named a 25 woman squad that includes 16 players who ply their trade in France and a home grown key player in Bouhani Ben Ziane who has scored 30 goals in 54 international matches.

On the other side, there have been a lot of uncertainties in the Ugandan camp with the frequently asked question being – Who will be on the touchline on Wednesday for the Cranes?

However in a statement put out by the Federation of Uganda Football Association on  Saturday evening, 16th September, the team training is being handled by coach Ayub Khalifan who also doubles as the U20 headcoach and Olive Mbekeka, a former Uganda player after Abdallah Mubiru rejected the team’s Assistant Coach role.

Away from the coaching staff, the team has had a number of injuries in camp which are subjected to playing a lot of games with a live example of Kawempe Muslim on loan skipper at Kampala Queens FC Shakira Nyinagahirwa who has been in and out of camp due to injury issues.

Apart from Nyinagahirwa, the player who suffered an injury earlier in camp was midfielder Shamirah Nalugya dubbed as “ Tintbae ”

But on a positive note, the team has been boasted by the arrival of Ugandan exports into the camp which include;

Viola Nambi from Italy, midfielder Joan Nabirye from Belarus, forward Fauzia Najjemba, Joan Ainembabazi and Riticia Nabbosa both from Tanzanian Giants Simba Queens, Nabbumba Phiona, Aisha Nantongo, goalkeeper Vanessa Edith all from Denmark and the local based players.

The team will hope to scrap a positive result in the first leg ahead of their trip to Algeria with the second leg slated for Tuesday 26th September 2023.

The aim of the game will be to advance on aggregate inorder to face either Burundi or Ethiopia in the final qualification round.

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