CECAFA: Crested Cranes Humiliated by Tanzania
By Serestino Tusingwire
Uganda crested cranes was on Sunday thrown out of the women’s CECAFA championship after losing to Tanzania, 4-1
Uganda which is the host of this tournament lost to the Kilimanjaro queens in a semi-final tie.
The Kilimanjaro queens took an early lead through Donisa Daniel just after five minutes when cranes goalkeeper Ruth Aturo failed to deal with her free kick.
The high flying Tanzanians then doubled the lead eleven minutes later with winger Mwanahamisi Omari slotting home after the crested cranes defence failed to clear the ball out of danger.
Cranes coach Majidah Nantanda then opted for a quick change bringing on Nambirigge Christine for defender Yudaya Nakayenze.
However, this failed to pay off and instead the Kilimanjaro queens stretched their lead with Stumai Abdalla getting the third goal at the half hour mark.
Skipper Asha Rashid put the game beyond reach by grabbing the Tanzania’s fourth goal a minute after recess to completely erase hopes for Uganda’s comeback.
Nantanda then brought on Tracy Akiror and Ritah Nabossa for Joan Nakirya and Laki Otandeka but they couldn’t match a brilliant Tanzania side.
Hasifa Nassuna got a consolation goal for the crested cranes deep into added time for Uganda to walk away with some pride.
Tanzania will play Kenya in the finals on Tuesday. Kenya defeated Ethiopia 3-1 in the first semifinal while Uganda will play Ethiopia in the third place playoff match.
Crested cranes starting XI
Ruth Aturo, Stellla Kaliba,Yudaya Nakayenze,Christine Wanyana,Gladys Nakitto,Jean Peace Sseninde, Naome Nagadya,Hasifa Nassuna, Fazila Ikwaput,Laki Otandeka, Joan Nakirya
Tanzania starting XI
Fatuma Omari,Asha Rashid,Anastazia Antony, Fatuma Issa,Mwanahamisi Omari,Donisia Daniel,Hapy Henzron,Amina Ally,Stumai Abdalla,Wema Richard, Maimuna Khamis