Crested Cranes’ COSAFA women Championships expedition ends with defeat to South Africa

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Crested Cranes team | 2018 Cosafa Women Championship

The Crested Cranes’ fairy tale run at the on going COSAFA Women Championships ended cruelly with a 2-0 loss against South Africa in the semifinals at Wolfson Stadium on Thursday.

Crested Cranes captain Tracy Jones Akiror with the ball | 2018 Cosafa Women Championship

The Defending Champions who finished top of Group A after registering three victories in as many matches, overcame tournament dark horses Uganda with goals scored by US-based midfielder Linda Motlhalo and striker Jermaine Seoposenwe.

Motlhalo’s strike gave Banyana thier first half lead , scoring her fourth goal in the tournament after bagging a hat-trick in the 6-0 drubbing of Malawi during the group phase.

Motlhalo then turned provider to set up Seoposenwe for the host’s second goal of the match after the hour mark, which all but wrapped up the tie.

It was the striker’s second goal of the competition. The gulf of class between the South Africans was evident at times and had it not been Goal keeper Ruth Aturo’s heroics, the scoreline could have been worse for the Ugandans.

She stretched to breaking point to parry away a goal bound shot from Refiloe Jane before denying Noko Alice Matlou five minutes past an hour mark.

Left back Grace Aluka had her well struck free kick go just a fraction wide in what seemed to be Uganda’s best chance.

However, Coach Faridah Bulega and her squad will surely draw positives from this expedition after showing that given time and sufficient preparations, they have the impetus to compete favorably with the big guns in continental women football.

They appeared at the tournament on a guest ticket but their performances in the Group phrase were they emerged as group C leaders exceed the wildest of expectations.

South Africa will face with Cameroon in the final to played at Wolfson Stadium on Sunday.

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