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Gazelles in high spirits as ACC tourney starts

KAMPALA. Dutch midfielder Josefien de Ridder believes her teammates can look at the new found togetherness if Weatherhead Gazelles are to at least make the semifinals of the 28th edition of the Africa Cup of Club Championships (ACCC) that get underway today in Zambia.

The ladies’ team capitalized on home aantage in the 26th edition last year as they beat Twende 1-0 to make the semis, after a round robin of five teams. They skipped the previous tourney in Zimbabwe.

“We let ourselves down in the league but the excitement of going to Zambia brought everyone back for training and that has helped us understand each other better,” de Ridder, scorer of 25 league goals, observed. “Considering we’ll be the only Ugandan team there, we shall need to look out for each other and provide the morale,” she added.

Though usually deployed as an attacking midfielder, the free-scoring De Ridder will alongside strikers, Lydia Sanyu, Hamidah Nakandi and Siddy Alum, be charged with ensuring the team scores more field goals. “We shall need to keep the ball better in such a tournament and I believe our midfield can do it,” de Ridder, who is relishing the challenge of playing her first ACCC tourney, said.

mmuziransa@ug.nationmedia.com

SOURCE: DAILY MONITOR

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