July 5, 2022

CECAFA: Cranes clinch WAFCON preparatory tournament

By Brian Aheebwa
Crested Cranes' players celebrate their triumph over Burundi in the 2022 CECAFA Women's Senior Challenge Cup in Njeru | FUFA Image

As part of their preparation for the upcoming 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco in July, Uganda hosted an eight-team CECAFA Women’s Championship.

Upon the climax of the tournament, the Crested Cranes of Uganda emerged the champions after defeating Burundi 3-1 at FUFA Technical Center, Njeru on Saturday.

Sandra Nabweteme scored a brace in the second and 91st minutes while the Cranes’ other goal was netted by Fazila Ikwaput in the 44th minute.

Sandra Nabweteme scored a brace in the final | FUFA Image

In scoring the Crested Cranes’ second goal, Ikwaput was netting her sixth goal of the campaign, she scored in all the five games her side played.

After the first half ended 2-0 in favor of Uganda, the Swallows of Burundi pulled a goal back through Joelle Bukuru in the 49th minute but could not add another, and instead it is the former that sealed it in stoppage time.

A 3-1 victory landed George Lutalo’s charges their first-ever CECAFA trophy during their first-ever final.

It was the second time that the Cranes were beating Burundi at this tournament having also beaten them 4-1 during the group stages in Group A.

Captain Hassifa Nassuna assisted Sandra Nabweteme’s first goal against Burundi | FUFA Image

The Crested Cranes the champions of CECAFA and Burundi had earlier qualified for the WAFCON and will both represent East Africa at the continental Women’s tournament in Morocco in July.

In the third-place playoff game played earlier on in the day, Ethiopia edged Tanzania 2-1 to finish third while the latter finished fourth.

Crested Cranes players pose for a team photo before they faced Burundi in the final of the CECAFA Senior Women Challenge Cup | FUFA Image

How both teams lined up

Uganda: Daisy Nakaziro (GK), Asia Nakibuuka, Sumaya Komuntale, Margret Namirimu, Sandra Nabweteme, Fazila Ikwaput, Hassifah Nassuna ©, Joan Nabirye, Aisha Nantongo, Zainah Nandede, Shamirah Nalugya

Substitutes: Daphine Nyayenga (GK), Lukiya Namubiru, Margret Kunihira, Lilian Mutuuzo, Juliet Nalukenge, Phiona Nabbumba, Riticia Nabbosa, Sheebah Zalwango, Natasha Shirazi

Burundi: Amissa Inarukundo (GK), Diane Iradukunda, Charlotte Iradukunda, Peace Olga Niyomwungere, Aniella Uwimana, Suzanne Zilfa, Sandrine Niyonkuru, Asha Djafari ©, Angelique Keza, Rachelle Inyange, Joelle Bukuru

Substitutes: Belinda Ndoreraho (GK), Bora Ineza, Gloris Gakiza, Ariella Umurerwa, Nasra Nahimana, Rukiya Bizimana, Annociate Nshimirimana, Djazila Uwineza, Falonne Nahimana

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