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CECAFA Women Challenge cup 2019: Crested Cranes show class with demolition of Mukono High

CECAFA Women Challenge Cup (16th-25th November 2019)

Uganda Women National team- Crested Cranes put up a good performance to overcome Mukono High School 8-0 during a practice match played on Thursday evening at the FUFA Technical Centre in Njeru.

The team that has spent 2 days in residential camp gearing up for preparations played their practice game ahead of the 2019 CECAFA Women’s Challenge Cup that will take place from 16th to 25th November in Tanzania.

The spirited display by the team under Head Coach  Bulega Faridah and his second assistant Coach Ayub Kalifah saw their goals scored by Nambatya Favour through a penalty in the 5th minute before adding another 15 minutes later.

The battle for the ball during the warm up training game

Fazila Ikwaput, Margaret Kunihira, Asia Nakibuuka, Nassuna  Hasifah (brace) and  Juliet Nalukenge got their names on the score sheet.

Early in the game, Nambatya converted from the spot kick to hand Crested Cranes the lead following a foul by Mukono High defender Akuku Peninah fouled Zaina Namuleme in the penalty area.

Nambatya’s second of the day was a joy to watch as she beat the entire defence to double her team’s lead.

Zaina Nandede shoots during the friendly game

Nandede Zaina, with her calmness, dribbles and long passes outclassed her opponents in the middle of the park after creating a number assists  that eventually turned into goals

There were changes for the National team made before the break as Hasifah Nasun, Asia Nakibuuka, Juliet Nalukenge and Margaret  Kunihira came in for  Zaina Namuleme, Nandede Zaina, Nambatya fovour and Reticia Nabbosa respectively.

The duration of the game was two hours- with each half lasting 60 minutes.

Ayub Khalifan- the 2nd assistant coach of the Crested Cranes was happy with the match.

‘It was a good performance by the team and we the opponents provided real test. We shall plan for another build up match before departure for Tanzania’ noted Ayub.

Fazila Ikwaput (right) races to the ball during the game

Crested Cranes will face Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti in the group B during the CECAFA Women tournament whose new dates have been confirmed as 16th-25th November 2019.

Twenty players will make the final trip to Dar es Salaam.

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