Uganda Crested Cranes defeat Ethiopia at CECAFA Women Championship


  • CECAFA Women 2018
  • Uganda Crested Cranes 2-1 Ethiopia

Uganda Crested Cranes continued with their impressive form at the CECAFA Women Championship in Rwanda with a hard fought 2-1 win against Ethiopia at Stade de Kigali on Saturday.

Uganda Crested Cranes XI that faced Ethiopia at the 2018 CECAFA Women championship in Rwanda

Despite falling a goal down to Ethiopia courtesy of Ware Birtukan’s 37th minute strike, Grace Aluka found the equalizer in the 68th minute off a decent free-kick from 35 yards.

Yudaya Nakayenze grabbed the winner seven minutes later with a great header after a teasing free-kick delivered by Viola Namuddu for the memorable victory.

A delighted Uganda Crested Cranes head coach Faridah Bulega hailed the players for following the instructions.

As quoted by the FUFA website, Bulega said;

The Ethiopians were technically good. They had speed. We conceded 4 goals in the last edition of the CECAFA in Njeru but today was my day. The players followed the instructions. We now have six points but we shall not relax till the last day of the tournament.

This was Uganda’s second win at the championship following a well engineered 1-0 victory over favourites Kenya in the opening match. Pint-sized but immensely talented Lillian Mutuuzo, an S.5 student at Taggy High School scored against Kenya.

Uganda now has a maximum six points from the two games played so far with two more remaining games against Tanzania and hosts Rwanda coming up.

Crested Cranes XI: Ruth Aturo (G.K), Yudaya Nakayenze, Phionah Nabbumba (Esther Naluyimba), Grace Aluka, Shadia Nankya, Viola Namuddu, Tracy Jones Akiror(Captain), Zaina Namuleme (Monica Namwase), Spencer Nakachwa (Bridget Nabisalu), Lilian Mutuuzo, Juliet Nalukenge

Subs Not Used: Daisy Nakaziro (GK), Aisha Namukisa, Daniela Favour Nambatya, Winnie Babirye, Norah Alupo


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