Cecafa Women Challenge Cup
Uganda 9-0 Djibouti
19th Nov – vs Ethiopia
21st Nov – vs Kenya
Uganda Crested Cranes opened their 2019 CECAFA Women Challenge Cup with a huge 13-0 victory over Djibouti on Sunday at Chamazi Complex in Tanzania.
Kawempe Muslim Ladies WFC forward Juliet Nalukenge grabbed a double brace (x5 goals), UCU Lady Cardinals Hasifah Nassuna grabbed a hat trick just as Fazilah Ikwaput of Lady Doves while midfielders Fauzia Najjemba and Amina Nababi added once as Uganda showed intent of winning the competition for the first time.
Nalukenge was the skipper as Uganda U17 side won the inaugural COSAFA Cup championship in South Africa this year and was also the tournament top scorer with 18 goals.
The tournament founded in 1986 went dormant for 30 years until Uganda hosted it in 2016. Tanzania won the last two editions in 2016 and 2018 respectively while Uganda Crested Cranes have only managed Silver in Rwanda last year.
The Crested Cranes had a 10-day training camp at the FUFA Technical Centre, Njeru and head coach Faridah is buoyed her squad will make wonders. In the last practice match in Njeru against UCU, Juliet Nalukenge bagged a hat-trick whilst Hasifah Nassuna and Fazila Ikwaput scored one each.
Uganda’s second game will be against Ethiopia on Tuesday before facing rivals Kenya on Thursday. The best two teams in Group A and B reach semis. Uganda came second last year in Rwanda and will be going for Gold this time round.
Goalkeepers: Daisy Nakaziro (Lady Doves), Ruth Aturo (UCU Lady Cardials), Namusisi Joan (Isra soccer Academy)
Defenders: Viola Namuddu (Makerere University), Shadia Nankya (UCU Lady Cardinals), Bridget Nabisaalu (She Corporate), Eunice Ariokot (Olila High School ) Grace Aluka ( Kawempe Muslim SS Ladies FC), Aisha Namukisa (Kampala Queens).
Midfielders: Asia Nakibuuka (Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC), Riticia Nabbosa (Lady Doves),Harriet Nakuba (Kampala Queens), Amina Nababi (Makerere University), Fauzia Najjemba (Kampala Queens)
Forwards: Hasifa Nassuna (UCU Lady Cardinals), Juliet Nalukenge (Kawempe Muslim), Margret Kunihira (Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC), Zainah Namuleme (Kampala Queens), Fazila Ikwaput (Lady Doves), Shamirah Nalugya (Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC)