Five Uganda Christian University (UCU) Lady Cardinal players have been invited to be part of the Uganda Women’s national team, the She Cranes. The five players are: Ruth Aturo, Shadia Nankya, Mercy Nabulobi, Teddy Najjuma and Hasifah Nassuna.
They were invited on October 30 by Edgar Suubi, the chief executive officer of the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA). The players were expected to report at the FUFA House, Mengo, on October 31.
They will then take part in a non-residential training session on October 31 at Maroons Grounds, Luzira. On November 5, the group will be initiated into a residential training at FUFA Technical Centre, Njeru near Jinja.
Between November 13-24, the team will be expected to travel to Tanzania for further indoctrination and games.
Lady Cardinal Aturo, one of Uganda’s top choice goalkeepers has already been appointed captain of the She Cranes.
The nation’s duty games will lead to the halt of the ongoing tournaments like the National Women’s Super League which had sparked off on November 2 at the UCU new pitch. This is because players on the national team are recruited from the clubs participating in the Super League.
The league will resume immediately after the national duty games.
Rogers Vitale, a UCU fans’ club member, told The Standard that the current great performance at different tournaments like the National Women’s supper league could have contributed to this recruitment of the UCU players.
“Taking up our players for the national team was no surprise because their performance in all the leagues has been the best,” said Andrew Malingh, the UCU Sports department administrator.