The Crested Cranes of Uganda will get their 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations tournament underway against Senegal at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat, Morocco on Sunday.
Cranes’ head coach George Lutalo boasts of an injury-free squad ahead of his side’s opener.
“We have no injury concerns and everyone is in good shape, all we are waiting for is to get started,” Lutalo told FUFA media before adding.
“Our target is to do well in every game and we want to have a good outing starting on Sunday.”
The Crested Cranes return to this stage after an absence of 22 years, they last played at WAFCON in 2000 at a tournament that was held in South Africa.
Then, Uganda did not go beyond the group stages the Crested Cranes will be focused on breaking the jinx and qualifying for the knockouts.
“As players, our ultimate target is qualifying for the knockout stages after going through the group we shall then focus on the other games ahead of us,” Cranes assistant captain Hassifah Nassuna said.
“We want to start on a high note and as we face Senegal on Sunday, we shall fight hard for the three points.”
“Everyone is highly motivated and we all know that if we work as a team we shall achieve our target,” she added.
This will be Senegal’s third appearance at WAFCON having been at this stage in 1991 and 2012, and on both occasions, they did not go past the group stages.
Lutalo has a pool of talent to choose his starting lineup from but should rely so much on the services of Viola Nambi, Rita Kivumbi, Fazila Ikwaput, Sandra Nabweteme, Fauzia Najjemba, and Hassifah Nassuna.
Meanwhile, Mame Moussa Cisse will be counting on Nguenar Ndiaye, Awa Diakhate, and Safietou Sagna. Uganda and Senegal are pooled in Group A alongside hosts Morocco and Burkina Faso.