Uganda’s Crested Cranes Fall Against Tanzania—CECAF Women Challenge Cup

Juliet Nalukenge, Crested Cranes forward chases the ball

Uganda National Women’s football team, the Crested Cranes fell against Tanzania in a 4-1 defeat at the ongoing CECAFA Women Challenge Cup in Rwanda.

In a game played at Stede De Kigali in the country’s capital, Uganda was no match for the tournament’s defending champions.

Tanzania’s skipper Asha Saada Rachid scored a hat-trick on the afternoon with strikes in the 17th, 45th and 52nd minutes respectively while Donisia Daniel Minja was the other player on target for President John Pombe Magufuli’s ladies.

Meanwhile, Shadia Nankya’s header off Zaina Namuleme’s free kick in the dying minutes of the second half was the only consolation for the Crested Cranes, whose title-winning hopes are not yet over despite the loss.

Uganda take on hosts Rwanda in their final game of the tournament that is played on a round robin basis. The Cranes already picked up wins against Kenya and Ethiopia by 1-0 and 2-1 respectively in the first two games.  

“My girls tried their best but it was not on our day but we are still focused. We have learnt from the errors we have made today. We are here to compete with every team that comes our way. We shall do our best in the last game against Rwanda. We shall fight for glory,” said Crested Cranes head coach Faridah Bulega as quoted on the federation’s website.

Crested Cranes XI

Ruth Aturo (GK) Nmuddu Viola, Aluka Grace, Nankya Shadia, Nakayenze Yudaya, Akiror Tracy (Capt),  Mutuuzo Lillian, Nabbumba Fiona, Nalukenge Juliet, Nakacwa Spenser, Babirye Winnie.

Photo credit: FUFA Media 

By Robert K James 

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