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Crested Cranes pip U20 Women’s National Team in practice match

Tuesday, 14th September 2021

Practice Match

Crested Cranes 1-0 Uganda U20 WNT

The Uganda Senior Women National Team (Crested Cranes) overcame the Uganda U20 Women’s National Team in a practice match played on Tuesday at the FUFA Technical Centre, Njeru.

Resty Nanziri scored the lone goal of the game midway through the second half, heading home from close range.

Sandra Nabweteme (Right) and Aisha Nantongo fight for the ball.

The two teams are preparing for different engagements and are both in residential camp at the FUFA Technical Centre.

The Crested Cranes are preparing to play at the 2021 COSAFA Women’s Championship in South Africa (between 28th September -9th October) while the U20 on the other side are preparing to face Kenya at the first round of the 2022 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup Qualifiers.

In a closely contested game, the U20 side coached by Ayub Khalifan Kiyingi got out of the blocks first, making several inroads but lacked the cutting edge in the final third.

Fauzia Najjemba and Grace Aluka had attempts from free kicks but goalkeeper Ruth Aturo was equal to the effort on both occasions.

Hasifa Nassuna

On the other hand, Nanziri posed the big threat to the U20 Women’s National Team backline and nearly put the Crested Cranes in the lead at the 35th minute mark when Sandra Nabweteme released her.

In the second half, either side called for changes with Crested Cranes bringing on Laki Otandeka, Marion Amangat and Sharon Naddunga for Amina Nababbi, Anita Namata and Nabweteme respectively.

Otandeka who plays for New Jersey FC came with instant impact and was very resourceful down the right flank.

She provided the lone goal of the game, beating Sumaya Komuntale for pace before delivering a well weighted cross that Nanziri nodded home.

The U20 Team also made changes with Margaret Kunihira and Zaina Nandede injecting more pace in search for a goal.

Kiyingi despite losing picked some positives and hopes to rectify the mistakes made.

“I’m pleased with the performance from the girls despite not winning. We were dominant in some aspects but we lacked the sharpness in front of goal. I have the belief that we shall work on that going forward and build on the strength realized.” He said.

His Counterpart, George Lutalo indicated the game helped him to have a clear picture of the team.

“I was able to see where the team stands in terms of fitness and performance. Both teams played very well and I’m confident that the time we have now and the COSAFA Championship will be enough for us to get into the best shape.”

The two teams will face off again on Friday in another practice match.

Crested Cranes

Ruth Aturo, Viola Namuddu, Asia Nakibuuka, Shadia Nankya, Bridget Nabisaalu, Phiona Nabbumba, Anita Namata, Hasifa Nassuna, Resty Nanziri, Sandra Nabweteme, Amina Nababi

U20 WNT Starting XI

Joan Namusisi, Samalie Nakacwa, Sumaya Komuntale, Grace Aluka, Aisha Nantongo, Shakira Nyinagahirwa, Lillian Mutuuzo, Shamira Nalugya, Fauzia Najjemba, Hadijja Nandago, Catherine Nagadya