The Crested Cranes

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

The first leg will be played in Addis Ababa on 3rd April 2019 with the second leg to be played in Kampala on 6th 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.

Saad Ali Shahend from Egypt will be the centre referee in the first leg and will be assisted by fellow Egyptians Hassan Hanady and Ahmed Shibl as the first and second assistants respectively.

In the return leg in Kampala, Umutoni Aline from Rwanda will be the center referee, Murangwa Sandrine and Umutesi Alice will be the first and second assistants respectively.

This will be the first time the Crested Cranes take part in the Olympics qualifiers in the history of Uganda Women Football.

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.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics Qualifier

First Leg 3rd April, 2019

Ethiopia vs Uganda, National Stadium Addis Ababa

Second Leg 6th April, 2019

Uganda vs Ethiopia, StarTimes Stadium