The Crested Cranes

The Uganda Women’s national football team, also known as Crested Cranes, have been drawn against Ethiopia in the first round of the African qualifiers for Women’s Olympics football in Tokyo 2020.

The first leg will be played in Addis Ababa with the second leg to be played in Kampala. Both legs will be played between 1st and 9th April 2019.

The winner over the two legs will have to face Cameroon in the second round of the qualifiers. The first leg and second leg will be played between 26th August and 3rd September 2019.

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The countries that were given a bye into the second round are; Nigeria, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Due to the current suspension of the Sierra Leone Football Association by FIFA, Sierra Leone is disqualified from the qualifiers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (Women’s). Following the decision, Cote d’Ivoire progresses to the next round.

Meanwhile, Angola has withdrawn from the qualifiers, earning Zambia, their opponents at the First Round passage to the Second Round.

Africa has 1.5 slots for the final tournament next year in Tokyo, Japan, meaning one team will go through automatically from the qualifiers, and second-placed team engaging their counterparts from CONMEBOL (South America) in a playoff.

First round fixtures:

Uganda vs Ethiopia

Mali vs Morocco

Chad vs Algeria

Congo DR vs Tanzania

Gabon vs Congo Brazzaville

Malawi vs Mozambique

Angola vs Zambia

Botswana vs Namibia