CECAFA W: Crested Cranes Seek Redemption in Third Place Game

Christine Wanyana muscles Kenya defenders to clear off danger

Crested Cranes have one final chance to impress the supportive home fans who turned up in numbers to rally behind the team in the ongoing Cecafa women’s tournament when they meet wounded Ethiopian team on Tuesday in the third place playoffs.

Both teams suffered embarrassing humiliations in the semifinals stage a against Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro queens and Kenya’s Harambee starlets respectively.

Ethiopia threw away a two goal lead to lose 3-2 to the Kenyans in a thrilling game of two halves with each side taking a share in each. The Ethiopian coach Manni promised to make amends when she faces Majidah’s team.

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“We made our mistakes and can’t overturn the result. It’s hard because we aimed at the championship but now the focus is on getting our last victory to end the tournament in a better way, no rx ” she said.

Crested Cranes boss Majidah Nantanda refused to take blame for fielding two players who were deemed unfit; Keeper Ruth Arturo and defender Stella Kaliba. Ruth was sick and her lack of concentration led to quick first half goals that put the team on the back foot thought the game.

“The team did their best and we lost as a team. Everyone in camp was fit to play and I still want to give other more chances to feature because what I am doing now is to build their confidence. Ethiopia will have a different approach because I have watched several of their games, sales ” Majidah said.

Uganda has registered only two wins out of four games while Ethiopia have lost only one in the three.

No player is suspended nor reportedly injured from both camps and the coaches are unlikely to change their squads that played in the semi finals.

Hasifa Nassuna and Loss Abera will be looking to better their goal tally in the race for the golden boot. Hasifa is joint top scorer with five goals while the Ethiopian is one adrift.


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