By Dorothy Nekesa.
Speaker of Uganda Parliament Hon Anita Among, former Vice President Edward Ssekandi and FUFA President Moses Magogo joined Uganda Crested Crane to celebrate Cecafa Women Championship title WIN jUNE 11, 2022 at FUFA Technical Centre, Njeru..
Uganda trounced Burundi 3 – 1 to clinch the title. The final was the first for both teams and justified why Uganda deserves to represent the region at the July 2-23 Africa Women Cup of Nations in Morocco.
Uganda, rallied by a mammoth crowd that braved the afternoon heat, kept strong after their second minute opener but fluffed chances for majority of the first half.
Sandra Nabweteme registered a brace, scoring the opener in the second minute and another in stoppage time, to give Uganda deserved win over Burundi hence winning first ever Cecafa Women Championship title..
The latter left the entire Burundi defence on the floor to cushion the lead before half-time in style.
The goal, her sixth of the tournament, meant that she scored in each of the five game Crested Cranes played in this tournament – a feat that earned her the most valuable player (MVP) accolade after she had been beaten to the top scorer’s boot by Tanzania’s Opa Clement Tukumbuke.
Tougher second half
Three minutes into the second half, Charlotte Irankunda halved the deficit for Burundi when she found Daisy Nakaziro’s top corner.
Only Burundi have managed to beat the Ugandan custodian – once in each of their two meetings – and she deservedly took home the best goalkeeper’s glove.
Irankunda’s goal gave Burundi a bit of momentum and took the sting out of Uganda, which struggled to come to terms with the long ball football.
Ironically, for the third goal, Nabweteme got on the end of a long ball from defender Aisha Nantongo ahead of the Burundi defence to put the ball in the far top corner.
“Finals can drift either way so the second half performance was expected but we survived it,” Uganda coach George Lutalo, said.
“It did not help that we had played Burundi before in the groups. But we showed character.”
The win earned the Ugandan players Ushs20m in cash from the chief guest Rt. Hon Speaker Anita Among.
“We cannot fail to have money for women sports when I’m the Speaker of the Ugandan Parliament,” said Hon Among.
She promised to strive and include a vote for women soccer in the national budget for football development where talents shall be identified, groomed and developed.
h” The money for women’s football shall be secured and will be strictly be ring fenced”. she said.
CECAFA Women Championship
Final: Uganda 3-1 Burundi
3rd place playoffs: Ethiopia 1-0 Tanzania
First runner-up: Ethiopia
MVP: Fazila Ikwaput (Uganda)
Top scorer: Opa Clement Tukumbuke (Tanzania) – 7 goals
Best goalkeeper: Daisy Nakaziro (Uganda) – 3 clean sheets
Fair play: Tanzania ■