Coach Botes names Queen Cranes final squad for All Africa Games 2023

Kampala, (UG):- Uganda’s U20 Women’s National Team Head Coach, Ms Sheryl Botes Ulanda, has unveiled the final squad for the All Africa Games 2023, marking their debut appearance at the prestigious tournament set to be held in Accra, Ghana from 8th to 23rd March 2024.

The Queen Cranes secured their spot in the tournament by finishing among the top eight teams in the 2022 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup Qualifiers, showcasing their prowess on the international stage.

Placed in Group A alongside hosts Ghana, Tanzania, and Ethiopia, Uganda is gearing up for an exciting challenge as they aim to make their mark in the competition.

The journey for the Queen Cranes begins with a showdown against neighbors Tanzania on 9th March, followed by clashes against Ethiopia and hosts Ghana on 12th and 15th March respectively.

The team is set to embark on their journey to Ghana on Wednesday morning aboard Ethiopian Airlines, ready to represent their nation with pride and determination.

FUFA Executive Committee Member Dan Obote assumes the role of Leader of Delegation for both the Queen Cranes (U20 Women) and Uganda Hippos (U20 Men), demonstrating the federation’s commitment to supporting and nurturing young talent in Ugandan football.

The final squad features a blend of experience and youthful talent across various positions:

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Goalkeepers:- Sharon Kaidu (Uganda Martyrs Lubaga WFC, Uganda), Esther Akujo (She Maroons FC, Uganda), Cecilia Kamuli (FC Tooro Queens, Uganda)

Defenders:- Harima Kanyago (UCU Lady Cardinals FC, Uganda), Catherine Wujja (Rines SS WFC, Uganda), Claire Hilder Kebirungi (Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC, Uganda), Docus Lwalisa (Olila High School WFC, Uganda), Patricia Akiror (Kampala Queens FC, Uganda), Shakirah Nankwanga (Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC, Uganda)

Midfielders:-Krusum Namutebi (Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC, Uganda), Shamirah Nalugya (Kampala Queens FC, Uganda), Phiona Nabulime (Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC, Uganda), Shamusa Najjuma (Uganda Martyrs Lubaga WFC, Uganda), Sumaya Nabuto (Isra Soccer Academy FC, Uganda)

Forwards;- Latifah Nakasi (Uganda Martyrs Lubaga WFC, Uganda), Magret Kunihira (Ceasiaa Queens FC, Tanzania), Zainah Nandede (Kampala Queens FC, Uganda), Juliet Nalukenge (Apollon Ladies FC, Cyprus), Catherine Nagadya ( Kampala Queens FC, Uganda), Immaculate Kizza (She Maroons FC)

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With a talented roster at their disposal, the Queen Cranes are poised to showcase their skills and compete fiercely for success at the All Africa Games, embodying the spirit of Ugandan football on the continental stage.

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