Nicknamed Crested Cranes, the Ugandans wrapped up their preparations for the Kenya clash with two test matches last week.
Faridah Bulega’s side beat local sides, Kawempe 3-1 and UCU Mukono 2-1 to boost their readiness after a nine-day intensive preparation.
“It’s been good preparations the past weeks. We had the girls go through several drills because they come from different clubs. The sessions were important and now we know the players have the ability to deliver,” Bulega said.
Uganda’s only participation at the continental championship was at the 2000 edition in South Africa, and will be depending on the experience of captain Hasfa Nasuna and goal Keeper Ruth Aturo to blend with the young players to make an impact against Kenya.
“I have learnt a lot in the past years and I know I can help my fellow players put up a better performance against Kenya and hope for the better game,” Nasuna said.
The last meeting between the two sides was at the regional CECAFA Women’s Championship in 2016 with Kenya wining 4-0 at the group phase; however Nasuna is optimistic that they can overturn the books in Machakos.
“I was part of the CECAFA team and we know Kenya is a big team because they have also been at the women championship in Cameroon in 2016. We believe we have grown to match them in these qualifiers because we have been consistent with league here and what will decide is the fitness level of players,” she concluded.
The second leg will take place on Sunday, 8 April 2018 in Kampala.
The final tournament is scheduled for 17 November to 1 December 2018 in the Ghanaian cities of Accra and Cape Coast. The top three teams will represent Africa at the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019.
Wednesday, 4 April 2018
Senegal vs Algeria
Libya vs Ethiopia
Congo vs Central African Republic
Kenya vs Uganda
Tanzania vs Zambia
Thursday, 5 April 2018
Namibia vs Zimbabwe
Friday, 6 April 2018
Morocco vs Cote d’Ivoire
Lesotho vs Swaziland
Saturday, 7 April 2018
*Sierra Leone vs Mali
Burkina Faso vs Gambia