The Crested Cranes are into the semifinals of the COSAFA Women Championship following a 2-1 victory over Zimbabwe on Monday afternoon in their third fixture at the competition.
The win saw Uganda finish top of the Group C with a tally of seven points to progress to the last four of the tournament.
Two second half goals from substitute Juliet Nalukenge and team skipper Tracy Jones Akiror were enough to secure victory over the 2011 champions. Nalukenge and Akiror both feature for Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC in the FUFA Women Elite League.
Nalungenge replaced Resty Nanziri (a goal scorer in the opening game against Swaziland) before netting in the 73rd minute. Five minutes later, Akiror doubled the lead when she headed home off Hasifah Nassuuna’s corner kick.
In the 90th minute, Zimbabwe pulled one back but couldn’t find the equalizer in the six minutes of added time.
Meanwhile, Crested Cranes defender Shadia Nankya was voted Lady of the match.
Crested Cranes Starting XI: Ruth Aturo (GK), Viola Namuddu, Grace Aluka, Aisha Namukisa, Shadia Nankya, Tracy Jones Akiror (Capt), Lilian Mutuuzo (Norah Alupo),Shamira Nalujja(Hasifa Nassuna), Resty Nanziri(Juliet Nalukenge), Phiona Nabbumba, Zaina Namuleme
Unused Substitutes: Juliet Adeke(GK), Daizy Nakaziro(GK), Bridget Nabisaalu Mawanda, Riticia Nabbosa, Spencer Nakachwa, Favour Nambatya
Crested Cranes Results—COSAFA Women Championship
Swaziland 3-4 Uganda
Nambia 0-0 Uganda
Zimbabwe 1-2 Uganda
By Robert K James
Photo credit: FUFA Media