Captain Buteme optimistic selected players will deliver

KAMPALA. Lady Cranes captain Helen Buteme is confident that her side can cause some major upsets when the 2014 edition of the Confederation of Africa (CAR) 7s kick offs in Machakos on April 12.

A team of 11 ladies, picked yesterday, leaves for Kenya on Sunday where they will undergo residential training for a week prior to the one-day tournament.

Normally, a 7s team has 12 players but they travel one less due to well-documented financial constraints which has included training without water, allowances and all the necessary equipment.

“We have the willpower to do well,” said the utility full-back Buteme. “Every girl selected cannot wait to represent their country proudly. We are determined.”

Coach Anthony Kinene stuck with his tried and tested crop with a little mix of the young and exuberant for the side that will be making Uganda’s maiden appearance at the continental showpiece.

However, the Lady Cranes qualified for the 2009 Rugby World Cup (RWC) but missed out on a rendition last year after failing to qualify.

South Africa and Tunisia, who Uganda beat to the second slot back in 2009, represented the continent.Uganda and Tunisia will renew acquaintances in Machakos next week, a third meeting in a 7s tournament in six years.

‘I am sure we shall make the top two from our group and reach the semifinals,” said Kinene, also a former Cranes full back, who has spent close to two months with the girls in training.“Our opponents in the semis will determine how far we go. If Uganda leaves the group stages, chances are high that they will face one of tournament favorites in either Kenya or South Africa.”

Selected team:

Helen Buteme (captain), Brenda Violet Kayiyi (vice captain), Asher Nakityo Nabulime, Claire Anena, Emmanuelle Oroma, Helen Barbara Gizamba, Hilda Nyiraguhirwa, Joan Mukoya, Mary Kyoita Odoi, Regina Athieno, Rosenberg Dinah Kanyunyuzi,

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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