CECAFA Women: Crested Cranes Seek Place In Semis


Friday, June 3
•Djibouti Vs Uganda – 1pm
•Rwanda Vs Burundi – 10pm

Crested Cranes will return to action on Friday with a match against Djibouti on Friday at the ongoing 2022 CECAFA Women Championship in Njeru.

Uganda beat Rwanda 2-0, courtesy of goals from Fazilah Ikwaput, and a win on Friday will ensure the Cranes reach knockout with a game to spare.

“We have had a good training session, it focussed more on the mistakes we did against Rwanda,” said Crested Cranes attacking midfielder Hassifa Nassuna on Thursday.

“We are going to score as many goals as possible if we put into practice what the coaches have taught us and we seek to collect maximum points against Djibouti.”

Nassuna who held the armband after new captain Shadiah Nankya was left out of the starting XI, had a tremendous show against Rwanda.

She found spaces in the defences and provided an assist for Ikwaput’s second goal.

The UCU captain had a couple of efforts on goal and complimented fellow midfielders Shamirah Nalugya and Joan Nabirye in the middle of the park.

She added: “We had a good combination and I believe we fulfilled our role of feeding the striking line. We enjoyed what we were doing and the coaches commended us for the good job done.”

Coach George Lutalo said that Djibouti is a “good team” and predicted a good show on Friday.

Uganda may not find strong resistance from Djibouti who conceded thrice in the opener against Burundi but the possibility of playing under the scorching sun given it’s a lunch time kickoff, is big challenge.

But the Crested Cranes will be aware that they need to score more goals as the Group’s top position may be decided on goal position as the top two sides seek to avoid Ethiopia in the semis who are likely to top Group B.



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