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COSAFA Women 2018: Crested Cranes Off To A Perfect Start With Victory over Swaziland


COSAFA Women Championship 2018 in South Africa

Swaziland 3:4 Uganda 

Isaac Wolfson Stadium in Port Elizabeth

Uganda’s senior ladies national football team, the Crested Cranes got off to a perfect start at the 2018 COSAFA Women’s Championship with victory over Swaziland.

The team coached by Faridah Bulega and playing at the tournament for the first time as a guest nation registered a 3-4 win to move top of group C.

Zaina Namuleme takes on Swaziland defebder
Zaina Namuleme beats Swaziland defender Sindiswa during the match. The gifted striker was a joy to watch durig the match.

Hasifa Nassuuna struck a brace while Norah Alupo and Resty Nanziri scored a goal each to guide Uganda past Swaziland in the game played at the Isaac Wolfson Stadium in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Ugandan Fans who cheered the Crested Cranes in Swaziland
Ugandan Fans who cheered the Crested Cranes in Swaziland

Swaziland got their goals through Celiwe Thandazile Nkambule, Tenanile Sandiswa Mgcamphalala and Cebile Shongwe.

Nassuuna opened the scores just two minutes after kickoff capitalising on a mistake by a defender to slot home and give Uganda a good start.

Uganda kept surging forward and at the half hour mark, Alupo doubled the lead tapping home from close range.

Uganda players celebrate a goal scored by Norah Alupo of Uganda during the 2018 Cosafa Womens Championship game between Swaziland and Uganda at Wolfson Stadium
Uganda players celebrate a goal scored by Norah Alupo of Uganda during the 2018 Cosafa Womens Championship game between Swaziland and Uganda at Wolfson Stadium

Namuleme made the donkey work on the left flank, dribbling past Mgcamphalala before laying up a well weighed cross and Alupo was quick to tap home.

With the game destined for the mandatory break, Nanziri who had hit the woodwork earlier in the game stretched Uganda’s lead scoring the third and her first goal in national team colors on her debut.

Nanziri Resty celebrates after scoring
Nanziri Resty celebrates after scoring against Swaziland

Despite efforts by Swaziland to stage a comeback back in the second half, the Crested Cranes were able to fend off the pressure and secure maximum points.

Nassuuna converted from the spot after a foul on captain Tracy Jones Akiror with two minutes on the clock to deflate Swaziland’s hopes after Mgcamphalala and Nkambule had scored midway in the second half.

Nabbosa Riticia encounters Swaziland Defenders
Nabbosa Riticia encounters Swaziland Defenders

Shongwe scored the third for Swaziland deep into stoppage time but it was Uganda that emerged victors on the day.

Nassuuuna received the accolade of  Player of the match from Timothy Shongwe

Hasifah from receives Lady of the match accolade from Timothy Shongwe
Nassuuna receives the Player of the match accolade from Timothy Shongwe

Victory meant Uganda leads group C on three points ahead of Namibia and Zimbabwe who face off on Thursday. Uganda’s next fixture will be against Namibia on Saturday 15 September

Crested Cranes Starting XI

Crested Cranes Starting XI against Swaziland
Crested Cranes Starting XI against Swaziland : L-R Ruth Aturo (GK), Hasifa Nassuuna, Nabisaalu Bridget, Nabbosa Riticia, Nabbumba Phiona, Namuddu Viola,   Front row; Tracy Akiror (C), Namuleme Zainah, Nanziri Resty, Mutiibwa Shakira,  Alupo Norah,

MAIN PHOTO: Crested Cranes players celebrate Alupo Norah’s goal

 

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