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Akiror Scores For Crested Cranes To Finish Third at COSAFA

2018 COSAFA Women’s Championship

Third Place Playoff

Uganda 1-0 Zambia 

Goal: Tracy Jones Akiror (32, Pen)

Uganda emerged third at the 2018 COSAFA Women’s Championship after registering a hard fought 1-0 win over Zambia at Wolfson stadium, South Africa on Friday.
Captain Tracy Jones Akiror scored a first half strike from the penalty spot.
Crested Cranes' Nabbumba Phionah aims to shoot the ball during the clash
Crested Cranes’ Nabbumba Phionah aims to shoot the ball during the clash
Coach Faridah Bulega made only one change from the team that lost to South Africa in the semifinal on Thursday with Juliet Nalukenge starting ahead of Zaina Namuleme.
Akiror fired Uganda in the lead three minutes after the half hour mark converting a penalty following a foul on Nalukenge inside the penalty area.
Crested Cranes’ Resty Nanziri ready to take control of the ball
Despite efforts from Zambia to level matters, the Crested Cranes remained resilient up to the final whistle and registered their third victory in the five games played at the tournament.
Bulega made changes in the second half introducing Hasifah Nassuna for youngster Lillian Mutuuzo and Namuleme for Resty Nanziri.
Hasifa Nassuna with a fine touch on the ball against her Zambian counterpart
Hasifa Nassuuna with a fine touch on the ball against her Zambian counterpart
Uganda played at the 2018 COSAFA Women’s Championship as a guest team and the third East African country to feature at tournament after Kenya and Tanzania. Hosts South Africa will play Cameroon in the final on Saturday.
Crested Cranes Nalugya Shamilah dribbles past Zambia's Mary Mwakapila
Crested Cranes’ Nalugya Shamilah controls the ball as Zambia’s Mary Mwakapila loks on

Zambia missed a number of chances in the game to finish fourth, one place lower than they managed in Zimbabwe 12 months ago.

For Uganda it is a successful end to the competition and the best performance yet from a guest nation together with Cameroon (in 2018 final) since the tournament was first played in 2002, one better than Kenya’s fourth-place finish last year.

Nankya Shadia recieves her player of the match award 
accolade from Mr TIMOTHY SHONGWE CHAIRMAN COMPETITIONS – COSAFA
Uganda’s 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
Uganda 1-0 Zambia
Crested Cranes Starting XI against Zambia:
Crested Cranes Starting XI against Zambia
Ruth Aturo,Viola Namuddu,Grace Aluka,Shadia Nankya, Tracy Jones Akiror, Lillian Mutuuzo, Phiona Nabbumba,Juliet Nalukenge, Resty Nanziri,Shamira Nalujja
Used Substitutes
Zaina Namuleme, Hasifah Nassuna
Unused Substitutes
Juliet Adeke,Daisy Nakaziro,Bridget Nabisaalu,Norah Alupo,Spencer Nakachwa

 

 

 

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