Uganda has played at the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations twice using two different names, the She Kobs in 2000 and the Crested Cranes in 2022.
On both occasions, Uganda did not go past the group stages but the Crested Cranes’ failure to win a single game at the tournament leaves the She Kobs the better side of the two.
In 2000, the She Kobs collected four points having won one game 2-1 against Reunion, drew 2-2 with Zimbabwe, and lost 3-0 to hosts South Africa.
Sam Timbe’s charges gathered the same number of points as second-placed Zimbabwe who advanced with a better goal difference. Uganda finished third and bowed out of their maiden WAFCON tournament.
Following an absence of 22 years, the Pearl of Africa returned to the continent’s greatest Women’s football showpiece in 2022.
The Crested Cranes’ ultimate target was to break the jinx and go past the group stages a feat that their compatriots the She Kobs failed to achieve.
However, George Lutalo’s charges failed in their attempt to do better than the class of 2000 and could not even match their points tally.
In Group A, the Crested Cranes lost two games 2-0 and 3-1 to Senegal and hosts Morocco respectively before drawing 2-2 with Burkina Faso.
They managed only a single point and bowed out of the tournament at the bottom of Group A.
Implying that She Kobs collected three points more than the Crested Cranes and also finished a position higher.
The She Kobs also scored a goal more than the Crested Cranes given that the former netted four times compared to the latter’s three.
Alaisa Nakanwagi, Robina Nakintu, Olivier Mbekeka, and Annet Nakimbugwe scored the four goals for the She Kobs.
On the other hand, the Crested Cranes’ three goals were scored by Sumaya Komuntale, Margret Kunihira, and Sandra Nabweteme.
It is two teams from two different generations, those from the current generation will insist that the Crested Cranes had a good display on the pitch no matter the results.
However, those from the past generation will also tell you that first they collected more points and it has also been heard from their coach (Timbe) heaping praise on his team, especially on players like Mbekeka and Majidah Nantanda.