CECAFA Women’s Championship
Tanzania vs Uganda
Chamazi Stadium, Dar es Salaam
Saturday, 23-11-2019 @4pm
The Uganda women national football team-Crested Cranes will be hoping to pull off a major upset when they take on Tanzania in the semi-finals of the CECAFA Women’s Championship on Saturday.
Faridah Bulega’s side reached this stage after finishing second in group B of the competition.
Having won their first two games against Djibouti and Ethiopia, the Crested Cranes lost 3-0 to Kenya in the last game, a result that threw them in the face of Tanzania.
Tanzania who are the host, defending champions and favorites for the title will be a tough prospect for Bulega’s side, one she appreciates too.
“We respect Tanzania because they are the defending champions and have a good team. But I think we equally have a good team, noted Bulega.
“The loss against Kenya is behind us now, we have tried to rectify the mistakes we made and all our focus is on how we can win against the hosts.
‘It is a tough challenge for us and we will need to be on top of our game. We shall need full commitment from everyone to make sure we get the result we want.”
It is indeed a tough challenge for Uganda especially after the fact that they have lost 4-1 to Tanzania in both of their last two meetings.
The Cranes will look to the trio of Hassifah Nassuna, Fazila Ikwaput and Juliet Nalukenge for inspiration. However, the trio played a missing-in-action role against Kenya and will have to lift themselves too if they are to have a good game against Tanzania.
Tanzania who have won the last two editions qualified for the semis in impressive fashion, winning all their group A games en route to finishing top.
In the other semi-final, Kenya will take on Burundi at the same venue at 1:30pm.
The Crested Cranes team in Tanzania
Ruth Aturo, Viola Namuddu, Grace Aluka, Bridget Nabisaalu, Shadia Nankya, Reticia Nabossa, Asia Nakibuuka, Hasifa Nassuna, Juliet Nalukenge, Fazila Ikwaput, Fauzia Najjemba, Joan Namusisi, Daizy Nakaziro, Eunice Ariokot, Shamira Nalugya, Harriet Nakkuba, Zaina Namuleme, Aisha Namukisa, Amina Nababi, Margaret Kunihira