Crested Cranes Assistant Coach Calls for Composure from Defenders to Enhance Play-Building

Ayubu Khalifa Kiyingi, the assistant coach of the Crested Cranes, has emphasized the importance of composure among the team’s defenders to facilitate effective play-building from the back.

Kiyingi, who is currently leading the team in the absence of a head coach, noted that this is an area where the team needs improvement ahead of their upcoming doubleheader against Rwanda.

The Crested Cranes are currently preparing to face Rwanda in the first qualification phase, with the first leg scheduled for July 11th, 2023 at St. Mary’s Stadium, and the return leg to be played in Rwanda a week later.

The team that emerges as the winner on aggregate will proceed to the next round and face Cameroon. It is worth noting that the Indomitable Lionesses received a bye in the first round.

The team began its preparations last week and recently engaged in a friendly match against Kampala Select at MTN Omondi Stadium in Lugogo, which ended in a 9-2 victory for the Crested Cranes.

Seasoned striker Sandra Nabweteme and Hadijah Nandago from Kampala Queens each scored two goals, while Fazila Ikwaput, Fauzia Najjemba, Anita Namata, Shadia Nankya, and Catherine Nagadya contributed one goal each.

Following the game, Kiyingi expressed his satisfaction with the team’s ability to advance the ball and create scoring opportunities.

However, he highlighted the lack of confidence and concentration among the defenders when the team is in possession. This limitation hampers the team’s overall gameplay, especially when attempting to build from the backline.

Kiyingi stated that addressing these issues will be the primary focus for the technical bench in the upcoming training sessions. Additionally, they will work on improving the reactions of the forwards when the team loses possession.

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