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CECAFA W: Crested Cranes Make a Stake in Team of the Match Day

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CECAFA women’s championship enters the last group games on Thursday and Friday in the respective pools. Eighteen goals were scored on Tuesday and Wednesday with tournament underdogs Zanzibar put on the firing squads yet again with the hosts firing nine to send the team packing. Kenya replicated their opening day form to thrash Burundi 4-0.

Rwanda yet again fell 3-2 despite coming twice from down confirming Tanzania and Ethiopia’s semifinal spot.

ChimpReports’ Fred Mwambu analyzes some of the best performers of the match day in summary.

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Goalkeeper: Vivian Akinyi (Kenya)
The gangly huge Harambee starlets goalie maintained her dignity in between the sticks and finished her second 90 minutes unscratched though not very busy as such but was commanding and handled the Burundians with ease.

Defenders:

Dorcas Nixon Shikobe (Kenya)
If there is one centre back who traverses a larger part of the field and covers both her wingbacks in time of attack, rx http://crosscourtathletics.org/wp-admin/includes/revision.php then Shikobe is the option. Troubled Burundian forwards with her strong aerial ability and confidence on the ground with accurate tackles and passes.

Meskerem Kanko (Ethiopia)
Ethiopia brought a different style of passing play that aroused the crowds. Kanko started as a right back and was able to cover up the centre backs while offering options wide attack. Capped her game with a 69th minute winning header.

Joan Nakirya (Uganda)
Proved the coach wrong for benching her in the first game. Nakirya manned the right wing perfectly and was always ready to attack and fall back with ease. Assisted one of Ikwaput’s goals with a long pass.

Midfielders:

Fazirah Ikwaput (Uganda)
The dark skinned Olira attacker was a revelation of match day two and was arguably the ‘man of the match’. Contributed Nassuna’s opening goal with a marvelous dribble that forced Khatibu to handle the ball inside the box. Went on to score two goals.

Mary Kinuthia & Essy Akida (Kenya)
Combination of this duo was a total nightmare to the Burundians. Their runs, more about dribbles and quick passes were swift and well coordinated and had it not for unfortunate luck, the starlets would have bagged a hattrick each but were comfortable with one apiece.

Losa Abera (Ethiopia)
The jolly Dedebit attacker carried her scoring form to the regional platform with two goals and an assist. Was denied twice by the Rwanda keeper.

Laki Otandeka (Uganda)
Had a poor debut on day one but turned up with two goals on second appearance with a string of good performances.

Strikers:

Neddy Atieno Akoth (Kenya)
Spent 58 minutes on the pitch with two quick goals in the 30th and 46th minute. Statistics prove her the most lethal Kenyan forward on the day

Hasfa Nassuna (Uganda)
The first player to strike four in one game at this tournament. The dead ball specialist could have at least three more but was denied by the crossbar and missed two sitters inside six.

Special mentions to Jean Sseninde, Christine Wanyana, Helene Uwizeyimana (Tanzania keeper) and Solano Avillia.

Coach: Nantanda
Credits to her tactical changes from the starting team that lost to Kenya bringing in Ikwaput, Nakirya and Nambirige who all had sterling shows way above average

Match day two results
Burundi 0-4 Kenya
Zanzibar 0-9 Uganda
Rwanda 2-3 Ethiopia

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