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Crested Cranes portray typical fighting spirit against Kenya | Total Africa Women Cup of Nations qualifiers

Preliminary First round 2nd leg

Total Africa Women Cup of Nations qualifier-Ghana 2018 

Uganda 0-0 Kenya (Kenya qualified 1-0 aggregate)

Crested Cranes players passionately sing the national anthem prior to kick off

Crested Cranes has painfully bowed out of Total Africa Women Cup of Nations qualifiers after a goal-less draw with Kenya during the return leg of the preliminary first round at the Star Times Stadium, Lugogo on Sunday.

From the onset, a well charged and determined Crested Cranes team looked set for the mission at hand, defending and attacking in numbers.

Captain Hasifa Nassuna, her striking partner Juliet Nalukenge troubled the Kenyan back line at all times.

Action between Crested Cranes and Kenya at Lugogo

Nassuna’s well taken second half free-kick near the 18 yard box was stopped by the goalkeeper Maureen Shimuli with less than a quarter an hour of action.

Uganda’s goalkeeper Ruth Aturo was alert throughout the game denying Kenya’s Carloyne Anyango, Neddy Atieno  Okoth and Vivian Aquino Carzone.

Officials inspect the two teams before kick off

The Crested Cranes technical team called for all the three changes in the game.

Spencer Nakacwa replaced Zaina Namuleme at the start of the second half.

12 minutes later, Asia Nakibuuka paved way for Winnie Babirye and holding midfielder Tracy Jones Akiror’s place was taken over by Phiona Nabbumba as Uganda pushed for numbers upfront.

FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo, 1st and 2nd Vice Presidents Justus Mugisha and Darius Mugoye respectively, Agnes Mugena, (Executive Committee member) were part of the fair crowd that attended the game.

Kenya thus qualified 1-0 on aggregate over the two legs and will play against Equatorial Guinea in the first round.

Uganda Crested Cranes XI:

Ruth Aturo (GK), Viola Namuddu, Grace Aluka, Shadia Nankya, Yudaya Nakayenze, Shakilah Mutibwa, Asia Nakibuuka (57′ Winnie Babirye), Tracy Jones Akiror (76′ Phiona Nabbumba), Juliet Nalukenge, Hasifa Nasuuna (Captain), Zaina Namuleme (46′ Spencer Nakacwa)

Subs Not Used:

Daisy Nakaziro, Gladys Nakito, Joyce Nakakoza, Damali Matama

Crested Cranes technical bench

Technical Bench:

Head coach: Faridah Bulega

Assistant coach: Edward Kaziba

Goalkeeping coach: James Magala

Trainer: Olive Mbekeka

Team Coordinator: Paul Ssali

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