COSAFA Women 2018: Uganda Crested Cranes got into semis after beating ZimbabwePosted By: Saddam MIHIGO - On:17/09/2018
Crested Cranes players in cerebration after wining Zimbabwe 1-2 in COSAFA Championship
Second half substitute Juliet Nalukenge and captain Tracy Jones Akiror-both players from FUFA Women Elite League Champions Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC scored a goal each in the second half to edge past the 2011 champions.
Crested Cranes players cerebrating during the match against Zimbabwe
Crested Cranes defender Shadia Nankya displaying her Man Of the Match accolade after the match against Zimbabwe
Despite starting on a slow note, Uganda put up a resuscitated performance in the second half to garner maximum points.
Upon restart, Bulega called for the first substitution with Shamira Nalujja paving way for the 2016 FUFA Woman Player of the year Nassuna.
Crested Cranes Shamirah Nalugya (R) chasing the the ball during the match against Zimbabwe in COSAFA Women Championship
Nalukenge who came on for Resty Nanziri in the 55th minute broke the deadlock with 17 minutes on the clock after all the donkey work from youngster Lilian Mutuuzo. The latter got injured in the process and was replaced by Norah Alupo.
Crested Cranes striker Nanziri Resty (R) taking on Zimbabwe player in COSAFA Women Championship. Left fullback Grace Aluka (L) looks on.
Akiror doubled Uganda’s lead in the 78th minute heading home from Nassuuna’s delivery from a corner kick
Crested Cranes captain Tracy Jones Akiror (L) enjoying control of the ball in the match against Zimbabwe in the COSAFA Women Championship.
Zimbabwe got their consolation in the 90th minute but the Crested Cranes remained composed to get all three points as 6 minutes of added time were played.
Crested Cranes striker Nalukenge Juliet cerebrating her goal against Zimbabwe inCOSAFA Women Championship
Uganda finished top in group C on seven points ahead of Zimbabwe(six), Namibia(four) and Swaziland with no point.
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
Juliet Adeke(GK), Daizy Nakaziro(GK), Bridget Nabisaalu Mawanda, Riticia Nabbosa, Spencer Nakachwa, Favour Nambatya
Crested Cranes Midfielder Phiona Nabumba (R) closing up a Zimbabwe player during a Group C COSAFA Women Championship Match