Crested Cranes Player Ratings Against Zanzibar

The crested cranes starting XI

Women’s Cecafa Football championship
Uganda 9-0 Zanzibar

The Crested cranes boosted chances of qualifying to the semifinal phase after an empathic 9-0 win over minnows Zanzibar on Tuesday at the ongoing women’s CECAFA football championship.

Hasifa Nassuna scored four goals, approved before debutant Ikwaput Fazirah and Laki Otandeka each grabbed a brace and Christine Nambirigge netted the other goal to complete the rout.

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ChimpReports’ Joel Muyita rates each player’s performance against Zanzibar.

Ruth Aturo (GK) (6)
Aturo was not bothered the entire game and even when Zanzibar came close, stuff she was in place to clear the danger.

Yudaya Nakayenze (6)
Despite switching from left back where she played against Kenya in the opening game, buy Yudaya remained comfortable in the right back position.

Joan Nakirya (7)
Very comfortable at playing at left back yet she is right footed. Nakirya balanced both offence and defence making roving runs upfront whenever the cranes were in possession.

Gladys Nakitto (5)
She did not get any challenge from the Zanzibar forwards but remained calm and composed and kept her position.

Christine Wanyana (7)
The captain commanded the defence line well and won most of the aerial duels that she got involved in.

Jean Peace Sseninde (8)
Sseninde improved a lot from the performance against Kenya. She ignited the Crane’s attacks, won possession back, made timely interceptions and pushed forward whenever Uganda was in attack. She almost scored in the 34th minute but her attempt off a header ricocheted off the crossbar.

Christine Nambirigge (7)
One of the most versatile players on the team. Put her anywhere on the pitch and she will deliver. Nambirigge netted one and created for Ikwaput’s second goal

Naome Nagadya (8)
She bossed the midfield, playing link up passes with teammates and offered support to the attacking trio.

Fazirah Ikwaput (8)
Making her debut for the national team, there were thoughts she would grow feet of clay but Ikwaput proved a thorn in the foot for the Zanzibar defence netting twice, won the penalty and had an assist on her first game.

Hasifa Nassuna (9)
She was the best player on the day. Nassuna scored a double brace and the coordination with Laki Otandeka and Ikwaput proved unstoppable on the day.

Laki Otandeka (7)
Otandeka also opened her scoring account for the national team striking a brace. She kept switching positions with Nambirigge and coordinated well with Nassuna and Ikwaput.

Majidah Nantanda (coach) 7
She put out her best team despite Zanzibar being weak and kept commanding the team to push forward even when the game was beyond reach.


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