Uganda Lady Cranes Squad Revealed: Key Players and Krakow Tournament Insights

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Lady Cranes squad announced for Krakow, Poland.
Notable returns: Namulala and Kateesa strengthen team.
Facing tough opponents in Pool B.
Quest for top qualification spot in Madrid.
Squad led by captain Peace Lekuru.
Determined to excel in upcoming tournament.

The Lady Cranes management has unveiled a formidable 12-person squad set to compete in Krakow, Poland, later this month. With notable returns and strategic replacements, the team gears up for intense competition in the upcoming HSBC Challenger Series.

Squad Announcement and Returns

Unity Namulala and Gertrude Kateesa make a triumphant return to the Lady Cranes lineup, marking their first appearance since the Safari 7s victory in November last year. The duo replaces Racheal Mufuwa and Lorna Sandra Amoli, injecting fresh energy and experience into the squad.

Coach Charles Onen expressed his confidence in the selected players, stating, “These twelve will ably represent the country, and they have been working so hard to get to this point.” Namulala and Kateesa’s return signifies a significant boost to the team’s strength and depth, providing valuable leadership and skill on the field.

Tournament Placement and Challenges

As reigning Safari 7s champions, the Lady Cranes face a challenging journey in Pool B, where they will compete against Argentina, Paraguay, and Papua New Guinea. The team aims to maintain their winning momentum and secure crucial victories against formidable opponents.

Lady Cranes must leverage their experience and strategic prowess to overcome tough opponents in their quest for success. With each match presenting unique challenges, the team remains focused on executing their game plan effectively and capitalizing on scoring opportunities.

HSBC Challenger Series Standing and Qualification Quest

Currently positioned third on the HSBC Challenger Series log, the Lady Cranes are tied with Belgium on 28 points, with Belgium edging ahead on points difference. With the final qualification showdown in Madrid looming from May 31st to June 2nd, the team is determined to secure their spot among the top contenders.

Success in Krakow is crucial for advancing to the final qualification stage in Madrid, where the Lady Cranes will compete against the best teams from around the world. The players understand the importance of each match and are fully committed to giving their all on the field to achieve their goals.

Uganda Lady Cranes’ Squad for 7s Challenger Series, Krakow

The selected squad comprises a blend of experience and emerging talent, with each player poised to make significant contributions on the field. Led by captain Peace Lekuru, the team exemplifies unity, determination, and a relentless pursuit of excellence.

The squad for the Krakow tournament includes

Lydia Namabiro
Mary Gloria Ayot
Sarah Kirabo Nayiga
Grace Nabaggala
Unity Namulala
Agnes Nakuya
Ritta Naddunga
Gertrude Kateesa
Maimuna Nassozi
Peace Lekuru (Captain)
Juliet Nandawula
Grace Auma
As the Lady Cranes embark on their Krakow campaign, the spotlight is on their resilience, teamwork, and unwavering determination to elevate Ugandan rugby on the global stage.

Players to watch

Unity Namulala: Returns with experience and leadership, adding depth to the squad’s backline.
Gertrude Kateesa: Brings versatility and skill, vital for defensive strategies and counter-attacks.
Peace Lekuru (Captain): Leads with determination and tactical acumen, guiding team cohesion and performance.
Sarah Kirabo Nayiga: Dynamic playmaker known for speed and agility, crucial for breaking opposition defenses.
Mary Gloria Ayot: Strong ball carrier with exceptional offloading ability, creating scoring opportunities and supporting teammates.
Ritta Naddunga: Emerging talent with strategic vision and resilience, contributing to team’s tactical execution and adaptability.

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