Hasifa Nasuna Credit: Photo Credit: Eric Onchiri

Africa Women Cup of Nations 2018 Qualifiers:

Return Leg (Sunday, 8th April)

  • Uganda Crested Cranes Vs Kenya Harambee Starlets (Kenya leads on aggregate 1-0)
  • At Star Times Stadium, Lugogo – Kampala
[/media-credit] Uganda Crested Cranes captain Hasifa Nassuna (left) leads the line once against Kenya Harambee Starlets at Lugogo during the return leg of the 2018 AFWCON qualifiers Credit: Photo Credit: Eric Onchiri

Uganda Crested Cranes head coach Faridah Bulega has released the starting line up to face Kenya Harambee Starlets in the return leg of the 2018 African Women Cup of Nations (AFWCON) qualifiers.

There is only one change from the team that fell 1-0 away to Kenya at the Kenyatta stadium in Machakos on Wednesday.

Forward Juliet Nalukenga replaces Christine Nambirigge who is relegated to the stands and will watch the game like many fans.

The other ten players are maintained with goalkeeper Ruth Aturo starting once again ahead of Daisy Nakaziro and the back four of Yudaya Nakayenze, Shadia Nankya, Viola Namuddu and Grace Aluka maintained.

[/media-credit] Goalkeeper Ruth Aturo still maintains her slot as the first choice goalkeeper despite conceding from over 40 yards in the first leg Credit: Photo Credit: Eric Onchiri

Two blocking midfielders shall be employed like the case was in the first leg away.

Stocky Shakilah Mutibwa and Tracy Jones Akiror will command the middle of the pack.

Asia Nakibuuka and Zaina Namuleme will take over the right and left flank offensive roles respectively.

Robust team skipper Hasifa Nassuuna and Nalukenge lead the quest for the much needed goals as the two lead center forwards.

[/media-credit] Uganda Crested Cranes XI that lined up against Kenya in the first leg of the AFWCON 2018 qualifiers Credit: Photo Credit: Eric Onchiri

The substitutes’ bench is equally rich with a wide range of options ranging from goalkeeper Daisy Nakaziro, Gladys Nakito, Winnie Babirye, Joyce Nakakoza, Spencer Nakacwa, Damali Matama to Phiona Nabbumba.

The Crested Cranes lost 1-0 in the first leg, thanks to a long range strike from over 40 yards by right back Lillian Adera.

Uganda needs to triumph by a difference of more than two goals to be assured of a slot at the next stage where the winner will face Equatorial Guinea for another two legged qualifier  to qualify for the Cameroon 2018 finals.

Uganda Crested Cranes XI Vs Kenya Harambee Starlets:

Ruth Aturo (GK), Viola Namuddu, Grace Aluka, Shadia Nankya, Yudaya Nakayenze, Shakilah Mutibwa, Asia Nakibuuka, Tracy Jones Akiror, Juliet Nalukenge, Hasifa Nasuuna (Captain), Zaina Namuleme


Daisy Nakaziro, Gladys Nakito, Winnie Babirye, Joyce Nakakoza, Spencer Nakacwa, Damali Matama, Phiona Nabbumba

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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