Team Captain Tracy Jones Akiror shared similar sentiments with the coach insisting the tournament helped them improve as a team.
‘We played with commitment and thanks be to God for the performance. We managed to get a bronze medal. I believe we benefited as a team, competing against several teams and managing to defeat them’ staked Akiror.
Ruth Aturo who was named the best goalkeeper at the tournament credited her performance to unity.
‘I am delighted about the achievement but it was not an individual effort. It was a collective effort and I am happy that we managed to bring accolade home’ said Aturo.
The team was later treated to a lucheon at Jevine Hotel, Rubaga before the players returned to their respective homes.
Uganda emerged third after defeating Zambia in the third place playoff 1-0. The Crested Cranes played a total of five games, winning three, drawing once and losing on one occasion.
Crested Cranes Games at the 2018 COSAFA Women’s Championship in South Africa
Uganda 4-3 Swaziland
Uganda 0-0 Namibia
Uganda 2-1 Zimbabwe
Uganda 0-2 South Africa
Third Place Playoff
Uganda 1-0 Zambia
Goalkeepers: Ruth Aturo (UCU Lady Cardinals), Daisy Nakaziro (Muteesa I Royal University), Juliet Adeke (Kawempe Muslim)
Defenders: Viola Namuddu (She MAK), Shadia Nankya (Uganda Martyrs Rubaga), Bridget Nabisalu (Ajax Queens), Aisha Namukisa (Kampala Queens), Grace Aluka (Kawempe Muslim)
Midfielders: Shamirah Nalugya (Israh Soccer Academy), Tracy Jones Akiror (Kawempe Muslim), Shakira Mutiibwa (Gafford Ladies), Spencer Nakachwa (Uganda Martyrs), Phiona Nabbumba (Ajax Queens), Riticia Nabbosa (Lady Doves Masindi)
Forwards: Hasifa Nassuna (UCU Lady Cardinals), Norah Alupo (Saviours Women), Lillian Mutuuzo (Kampala Queens), Zainah Namuleme (Kampala Queens), Juliet Nalukenge (Kawempe Muslim), Resty Nanziri (Kampala Quuens)
Leader of Delegation: Chris Kalibbala
Head coach: Faridah Bulega
Assistant coach: Edward Kaziba
Team Manager: Paul Ssali
Team Doctor: Mable Kabatalindwa
Goalkeeping coach: James Magala
Fitness coach: Oliver Mbekeka
Media Officer: Stephen Mayamba
Uganda Crested Cranes finished 3rd during 2018 Women COSAFA hosted and crowned by Banyana Banyana of South Africa
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