The Uganda National Women footbaal team-Crested Cranes settled for a goalless draw against Namibia in their second group game at the ongoing COSAFA Women’s Championship in South Africa.
After winning 4-3 against Swaziland in the opening game, the team coached by Faridah Bulega remained unbeaten picking a point off Namibia in the second game played at Wolfson stadium on Saturday in Port Elizabeth.
Bulega made five changes from the team that started against Swaziland including handing defender Aisha Namukisa and midfielder Shamira Nalujja their national team debuts.
Namukisa started in place of Bridget Nabisaalu while Nalujja replaced Riticia Nabbosa who started on the bench.
The other changes in the team saw Grace Aluka start at left back with Viola Namuddu who played in that position against Swaziland moving to her usual right back and team captain Tracy Jones Akiror returning to the midfied.
16 year old Mutuuzo who had a scintillating performance at the just concluded CECAFA Women’s Championship in Rwanda also returned to the starting lineup replacing Norah Alupo. The other change saw Phiona Nabbumba pave way for towering Shadia Nankya in defence.
During the course of the game, Bulega called for changes introducing Juliet Nalukenge for Hasifa Nassuna while Phiona Nabbumba and Norah Alupo replaced Resty Nanziri and Lilian Mutuuzo respectively.
Despite efforts to secure maximum points, Namibia were resilient enough to deny the Crested Cranes while on the other hand, shot stopper Ruth Aturo made fine saves to register a clean sheet.
A point off Namibia meant Uganda moved to four points in two games with the final group game slated for Monday 17th September 2018.
Crested Cranes Starting XI: Ruth Aturo, Viola Namuddu, Grace Aluka,Shadia Nankya,Shamira Nalujja, Tracy Jones Akiror,Lilian Mutuuzo(Norah Alupo),Shamira Nalujja, Resty Nanziri(Phiona Nabbumba),Hasifa Nassuna(Juliet Nalukenge), Zaina Namuleme
MAIN PHOTO: Shamilah Nalujja shows off her prowess on the ball by taking on four Namibian players on Saturday. The match ended goalless.