African Games 2023: Queen Cranes, Nigeria clash in today’s semi-finals

African Games 2023 | Women’s Football TournamentSemi-finals
Monday, 18th March 2024
Uganda vs Nigeria at Cape Coast Stadium, Kickoff: 11 PM EAT

Uganda U20 Women’s National Team, Queen Cranes will today, Monday, March 18, 2024, face Nigeria at Cape Coast Stadium in the semifinals of the Women’s Football Tournament at the ongoing African Games 2023.

The game presents a chance for the Queen Cranes to defy the odds and progress to the final.

Uganda’s Head Coach Sheryl Botes and her troops are oozing with confidence ahead of Monday’s game and there is belief in camp to make history.

The coach counts several positives realised so far, indicating that playing against teams like Ghana and Nigeria helps the players to improve.

“This tournament has been of great importance to us because we have got the chance to play against teams like Ghana and Nigeria which are some of the best on the continent,” she stated in the pre-match press briefing on Sunday.

“The exposure and experience gained here will not leave us the same. The players have earned a lot facing different teams and they can only get better going forward.” She added.

Botes is confident Uganda will pose a great challenge to Nigeria and advance to the final.

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“Nigeria is a possession-based team, they are not as direct as Ghana. Therefore, we have drafted a strategy on how to approach this game and I have the trust in my players to execute it to perfection.” She said.

Queen Cranes’ Goalkeeper Sharon Kaidu stated that the ultimate target for Uganda is to win gold and thus they must overcome any team they face.

“We came here with one target and that is to win the Championship. We are confident as players going into the game against Nigeria and hopefully, we will get good results.” The shot-stopper indicated.

Uganda will miss the services of Docus Lwalisa and Krusum Namutebi who are both suspended after accumulating two yellow cards each in the group games.

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However, there is a timely return for defender Shakirah Nankwanga who missed the game against Ghana on Friday through suspension.

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