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COSAFA: Crested Cranes Register Maiden Victory in Emphatic Fashion

COSAFA Women’s Championship 2021
Group C, Match day 2
Uganda 5-1 Eswatini
Madibas Stadium, South African

The Crested Cranes put on a clinic to ease past Eswatini to register their first victory at the ongoing COSAFA Women’s Championship in South Africa.

Goals from Joan Nabirye, Reticia Nabbosa, Sandra Nabweteme and Hassifa Nassuna’s double ensured that George Lutalo’s side earned maximum points following a goalless draw against Namibia in their opening fixture.

Head coach George Lutalo made three changes from the team that started against Namibia with captain Ruth Aturo, Norah Alupo and Hasifa Nassuna starting on bench. Laki Otandeka Kanyesigye, Phiona Nabbumba and Daisy Nakaziro started in their respective positions.

Right from the first minute, Uganda attacked with poise and guile with the side threatening to draw first blood.

In the 15th minute, midfielder Nabirye opened the flood gates with a fine strike from a rebound, to set the tone of a one sided affair.

Midfielder Nabbosa doubled the lead with a cool thanks to Resty Nanziri’s beautiful cross.

In the second half, Eswatini pulled one goal back in the 56minite, to halve the deficit through Celiwe Nkambule.

However, Nambweteme made it three moments later to dent Eswatini’s hopes of levelling matters.

Sandra Nabweteme (left). COSAFA media photo

Nassuna who came off the bench for midfielder Nabbosa got off the mark with two quick goals in a space of three minutes. She scored first through a well taken free kick in the 72nd minute before completing her brace three minutes later.

Uganda, who are guests at the tournament now move to four points after two games played.

They will face Zambia in their final group C game on Wednesday this week. Victory against Zambia will all but ensure Uganda seal a place in the semi finals of this year’s competition.

Crested Cranes Starting XI
Daisy Nakaziro(GK), Viola Namuddu, Phoebe Banura, Asia Nakibuuka, Shadia Nankya, Joan Nabirye, Riticia Nabbosa, Phiona Nabbumba, Sandra Nabweteme, Resty Nanziri, Laki Otandeka

Ruth Aturo, Bridget Nabisaalu, Hassifa Nassuna, Norah Alupo, sheebah Zalwango, Sharon Nadunga, Aminah Nababi, Eunice Ariokot, Spencer Nakacwa

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