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CECAFA women Championship 2022: Crested Cranes welcome two professionals in camp

The preparations of Uganda National Women’s team- Crested Cranes ahead of the 2022 CECAFA Championship in Njeru later this month have taken big steps with two foreign based players joining the camp at Cranes Paradise Hotel, Kisasi.

The forthcoming CECAFA Women’s Championship will be held at the FUFA Technical Centre from 22nd May to 5th June 2022.  It will act as a precursor to the TotalEnergies Women Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco where Uganda will be taking part.


Crested Cranes training at Omondi Stadium in Lugogo

Natasha Shirazi a forward at Maccabi Kishronot Hadera in Israel and Salena Allibhai a midfielder with KAA Gent, Belgium are already in camp and raring to go for national team engagements.

The camp opened last Saturday but has been interrupted temporarily by the release of players to rejoin their respective clubs for Wednesday’s league engagements.

‘We have granted players permission to go back to their clubs for league engagements. We expect them back to camp immediately after the matches so that we can regroup to plan technically further. The numbers will improve definitely’ said Head coach George Lutalo.

Crested Cranes Head Coach George Lutalo

The team’s training sessions have ranged from indoor drills at the Hotel with gym work, then ball work at Quality Primary School in Kisasi and Omondi Stadium at Lugogo.

Of the 47 players who were summoned in the provisional squad for the tournament, 17 are in camp but there will be a slightly bigger number after today’s league games.

Midfielder Salena Allibhai

Teenager Salena Allibhai said ‘I am really excited to be back here and I am very grateful for the opportunity to represent Uganda. In me, expect a midfielder who is very calm on the ball, technical and able to solve pressure’ noted the midfielder.

Natasha speaks out

Natasha Shirazi speaking to the media back in 2016.

‘I am happy to be back in camp after 6 years and it nice coming back seeing familiar faces like Sandra Nabweteme and Hasifa Nassuna whom I played with in 2016. I am looking forward to meet other players and get to know them on the field. This time round expect an improved and different Natasha ready to fight for her home country’ noted Natasha

Crested Cranes Provisional Squad


Ruth Aturo (Katkan Tyovaen Palloillijat, Finland), Gloria Namakula (FC Tooro Queens, Uganda), Daisy Nakaziro (Uganda Martyrs WFC, Uganda), Daphine Nyayenga (She Corporate FC, Uganda), Vanessa Edith Karungi (Boldklubben AF 1893, Denmark)


Asia Nakibuuka (Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC, Uganda), Shadia Nankya (UCU Lady Cardinals FC, Uganda), Aisha Nantongo (Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC, Uganda), Viola Namuddu (Makerere University WFC, Uganda), Harima Kanyago (Uganda Martyrs WFC, Uganda), Margaret Namirimu (She Corporate FC, Uganda), Lukia Namubiru (Kampala Queens FC, Uganda), Yudaya Nakayenze (Lindey Wilson College, USA), Salena Allibhai (KAA Gent, Belgium), Adrine Birungi (Gaspo FC, Kenya), Phoebe Banura (UCU Lady Cardinals FC, Uganda), Madam Christine (Gaspo FC, Kenya), Jolly Kobusinge (FC Tooro Queens, Uganda), Sumaya Komuntale (FC Tooro Queens, Uganda), Miriam Ibunyu (She Corporate FC, Uganda)


Resty Kobusobozi (FC Tooro Queens, Uganda), Rhoda Nanziri (Kawempe Muslim Ladies, Uganda), Naome Nagadya (She Corporate FC, Uganda), Joan Nabirye (Vihiga Queens, Kenya), Sheebah Zalwango (FC Amani, DR Congo), Tracy Jones Akiror (AFC Ann Arbor, USA), Shamirah Nalugya ( Kampala Queens FC, Uganda), Phiona Nabbumba (She Corporate FC, Uganda), Riticia Nabbosa (Lady Doves FC, Uganda)


Sandra Kisakye (UCU Lady Cardinals FC, Uganda), Elizabeth Nakigozi (Uganda Martyrs WFC, Uganda), Lilian Mutuuzo (Kampala Queens FC, Uganda), Juliet Nalukenge (Chrysomolia FC, Cyprus), Natasha Shirazi (Maccabi Kishronot Hadera, Israel), Fauzia Najjemba (BIIK Shymkent, Kazakhstan), Viola Nambi (FC Dornbirn Ladies, Austria), Zaina Nandede (Kampala Queens FC, Uganda), Hasifa Nassuna (UCU Lady Cardinals FC, Uganda), Rita Kivumbi (Mallbackens IF, Sweden), Sharon Nadunga (Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC, Uganda), Sandra Nabweteme (Unattached), Favor Nambatya (She Corporate FC, Uganda), Fazila Ikwaput (Lady Doves, Uganda), Susan Atim (She Corporate FC, Uganda), Margaret Kunihira (Kampala Queens, Uganda), Grace Aluka (Olila High School, Uganda), Zaina Namuleme (Kampala Queens FC, Uganda)