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CECAFA Women Challenge Cup 2018: Crested Cranes flying higher following victory over Ethiopia

CECAFA Women Challenge Cup 

FT: Ethiopia 1-2 Uganda in Rwanda

The Uganda National women team Crested Cranes are delivering on all fronts but leaving their doubters in the cold corner following two wins out of two matches in the ongoing CECAFA Women Challenge Cup in Rwanda.

Having dislodged neighbours and rivals Kenya on Thursday (1-0), the Crested Cranes handled by Faridah Bulega kept their feet on ground to plan for the downfall of Ethiopia on Saturday.

Crested Cranes Starting XI against Ethiopia. Standing From L-R; Aturo Ruth, Nakayenze Yudaya, Phionah Nabbumba, Aluka Grace, Nankya Shadia and Namuddu Viola – Front row L-R; Tracy Jones Akiror(C), Namuleme Zaina, Nakachwa Spencer, Lilian Mutuuzo and Nalukenge Juliet.  The Crested Cranes were in scintilating form as they came from a goal down to beat Ethiopia 2-1.

The one day rest played the magic and when the ladies got the chance to return to action today, they played gallantly and with heart to secure three points. However they fell to a first half goal in the 39th minute but that didn’t deter their spirits as they kept on searching for the leveler.

Ethiopia Starting XI that fell to Crested Cranes on Saturday

Left fullback Grace Aluka who hit the cross bar on Thursday against Kenya from the free-kick, got it better this time against Ethiopia when the opportunity came her way to get the equaliser for Crested Cranes to make it 1-1 after the break.

Another pivotal player in the defence of the Crested Cranes Yudaya Nakayenze was on the mark with a header after a free kick was delivered by right back Viola Namuddu.

Crested Craes’ Lillian Mutuuzo was unplayable again today.

The game ended 2-1 in favour of Crested Cranes. Uganda will return to action on Monday against Tanzania in a tournament played on a round robin basis.

Crested Cranes players getting tips from their Head coach Faridah Bulega

Crested Cranes coach about the win today

‘The Ethiopians are technically good. They have speed.  We conceded 4 goals in the last edition of the CECAFA in Njeru but today is my day. The players followed the instructions. We now have six points but we shall not relax till the last day of the tournament’

Crested Cranes Substitutions made; Naluyimba Esther for Nabbumba Phionah, Namwase Monica for Zaina Namuleme and Bridget Nabisalu for Spencer Nakachwa.

Unused substitutes; Daisy Nakaziro 19 (GK), Aisha Namukisa 2, Daniela Favour Nambatya 12, Winnie Babirye 14 and Alupo Norah 15

MAIN PHOTO: On the attack- L-R Zainah Namuleme, Skipper Tracy Jones Akiror and one of the goal scorers Grace Aluka were a pain to the Ethiopian defence. Crested Crabes beat Ethiopia 2-1. 

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