Fauzia Najjemba’s lone strike was enough to seal a semifinal berth for the Crested Cranes, picking up a narrow 1-0 victory over Ethiopia at the Chamazi Sports complex in Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania.
Crested Cranes were ruthless in their opening group game putting 13 past Djibouti, and despite being the better side through out the 90 minutes, they failed to capitalise on the numerous opportunities they created.
Much to the dissatisfaction of head coach Faridah Bulega, as she failed to contend with her side reaching halftime minus putting the ball into the back of the net.
The team continued to press for an opener in the second stanza and their resistance paid off in the 63rd minute.
Following a fine individual effort from Kampala Queens forward Fauzia Najjemba, who scored her second goal of the competition from a tight angle.
Bulega’s side managed to hung on for a 1-0 win which saw two time bronze medalists Ethiopia crash out of the competition albeit with a game to spare.
The winner of group B shall be decided on Thursday when the Crested Cranes take on Kenya with both teams sitting on six points and already qualified for the semi final of the CECAFA Women’s Championship in Tanzania.