Uganda 5-0 Zambia
Uganda women’s national football team, Crested Cranes dispatched Zambia on Tuesday evening in a practice game as preparations for the TotalEnergies Women Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) 22 continue.
The Crested Cranes showed no mercy against the Copper Queens, winning 5-0 in the game played at Granda Stade de Marrakesh.
Viola Nambi who plies her trade with Dornbirn in Austria orchestrated the damaged on Zambia, bagging a brace.
Fauzia Najjemba and Rita Kivumbi who are also foreign based, playing at BIIK Shymkent and Mallbackens IF in Kazakhstan and Sweden respectively came through with a goal each before second half substitute Fazila Ikwaput put the icing on the cake minutes after coming on.
Kivumbi broke the deadlock in the 37th minute before Nambi and Najjemba fired home in quick succession to give Uganda a comfortable 3-0 lead heading into the break.
The dominance continued even after recess with Nambi getting Uganda’s fourth and her second on the day in the 57th minute.
Coach Lutalo rang changes bringing on Ikwaput, Lillian Mutuuzo and Phiona Nabbumba for Najjemba, Nambi and Hasifah Nassuna in that order.
There were further changes with Sheebah Zalwango and Sandra Nabweteme replacing Shamirah Nalugya and Kivumbi respectively.
The win gives Uganda momentum going into the first group A game against Senegal on Sunday in Rabat.
The same group has hosts Morocco and Burkina Faso who will face off a day earlier in the opening game of the tournament.
Uganda’s Starting XI
Ruth Aturo (GK and Captain), Asia Nakibuuka, Sumaya Komuntale, Yudaya Nakayenze, Aisha Nantongo, Joan Nabirye, Viola Nambi, Hasifah Nassuna, Rita Kivumbi, Shamirah Nalugya, Fauzia Najjemba
Daisy Nakaziro(GK), Vanessa Edith Karungi(GK), Lukia Namubiru, Margaret Namirimu, Bira Nadunga, Tracy Jones Akiror, Margret Kunihira, Lillian Mutuuzo, Sheebah Zalwango, Phionah Nabbumba, Zaina Nandede, Sandra Nabweteme, Fazila Ikwaput, Riticia Nabbosa, Joanita Ainembabazi
*Credit: FUFA website.