Sandra Nabweteme’s first half strike was the difference as Crested Cranes overcame Uganda U20 Women’s National Team in a practice match played at FUFA Technical Centre, Njeru on Monday.
This was the third time the aforementioned teams were facing off. Crested Cranes won the first game 1-0 while the U20 side secured a 4-0 win in the other build up game.
In Tuesday’s game, Nabweteme capitalized on goalkeeper Joan Namusisi’s howler in the 10th minute to slot home.
Namusisi failed to deal with a long ball and instead fumbled with it thus gifting the striker who did no mistake to fire into the back of the net.
Ayub Khalifa, the U20 head coach made several changes to the starting team with majority of the fringe players starting.
He however, made changes at the start of the second half, leaving only Grace Aluka and Biira Nadunga.
The tactician indicated this was aimed at assessing the rest of the squad players.
“The changes in the tarting team was basically to give game time to the rest but most importantly to assess their performance.” Khalifa said.
“I believe the three games against Crested Cranes put us in good shape and we go into the game against Kenya prepared.”
His Counterpart, George Lutalo was impressed with the performance of his charges but only concerned with the failure to score enough goals.
“I must say we have had tremendous improvement from the previous game. The players gave it all and that is why were able to win today. But there are areas we have to work on before going to South Africa. We have to improve our efficiency in terms of scoring.” He said.
Uganda U20 will face Kenya this Saturday in the first leg of the 2022 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup Qualifiers. The return leg in Kampala will come two weeks later.
On the other hand, Crested Cranes will feature at this year’s COSAFA Women’s Championship, starting 28th September.
Crested Cranes Starting XI
Daisy Nakaziro, Viola Namuddu, Phoebe Banura Asia Nakibuuka, Joan Nabirye, Shadia Nankya, Hasifa Nassuna, Sandra Nabweteme, Resty Nanziri, Norah Alupo, Sharon Nadunga
U20 WNT Starting XI
Joan Namusisi, Gillian Akadinda, Halima Kanyago, Grace Aluka, Biira Nadunga, Kevin Nakacwa, Zaitun Namaganda, Catherine Nagadya, Eva Naggayi, Joweria Nagadya, Zaina Nandede