Thursday July 26, 2018
By Aiden Graw
CECAFA Women’s Championship 2018
Uganda 2-2 Rwanda
Uganda’s hopes of winning this year’s CECAFA Women’s Championship hang on a thin line with the fate now entirely in their hands following a stalemate against Rwanda on Wednesday.
Despite taking the lead on two occasions in the game, the Crested Cranes failed to hold onto the score and eventually conceded a late equalizer with the game ending in a two all draw.
16 year old winger Lilian Mutuuzo and Norah Alupo scored for Uganda while Jeanette Mukeshimana a and Anne Marie Ibangarye netted for the hosts in a thrilling encounter played at Stade Kigali.
Uganda dominated possession and had couple of chances in the opening stages of the game but were not clinical enough to take away the chances.
Zaina Namuleme, Alupo and Nalukenge and Mutuuzo all got close but failed to find the breakthrough.
However, six minutes into the second half, Mutuuzo broke the deadlock with curling left effort.
Rwanda however levelled matters in the 65th minute from the spot with Ibangarye converting after Crested Cranes skipper Tracy Akiror held the ball inside the ball.
Uganda regrouped and continued to pay dividends and the efforts were paid with Alupo heading home.
The lanky forward jumped high to head Namuleme’s cross in the 75th minute.
With victory in Crested Cranes sight, Rwanda snatched a late equalizer in the 86th minute.
Second half substitute Mukeshimana’s thunderbolt effort just outside the area went past goalkeeper Ruth Aturo.
The result means Uganda is still top of the table on 7 points while Ethiopia is second on 6 points, Tanzania and Rwanda have 4 points each whereas Kenya are bottom on 1 point.
Rwanda play Kenya on Friday while Tanzania will face Ethiopia in the deciding games
FUFA DRUM: FIREWORKS EXPECTED AS SEMIFINAL MATCHES KICKOFF ON SUNDAY
The FUFA Drum 2018
1st leg Semifinals
29th July 2018
Buganda Province Vs Bukedi Province
West Nile Province Vs Busoga Province
The prestigious FUFA Drum tournament returns this weekend with the most exciting stage of the last four teams.
West Nile will host Busoga in Arua at Green Light Stadium while Buganda will play Bukedi at home in Mukono at Bishop Ss Grounds both games on Sunday 29th July.
The four Provinces are expected to put up their best football as they battle to put one foot into the main final to be played over two legs.
Bukedi’s starlet David Owori who has been in the CECAFA Club Championship with Vipers SC has returned to the team joining his counterpart Julius Poloto of KCCA FC. The two young lads are key players in the Bukedi team.
Buganda who eliminated Kampala in the qua
rterfinal on 2-1 on aggregate will rely on the services of Onduparaka’s striker Vianne Ssekajugo and KCCA FC forward Patrick Kaddu. Poloto and Kaddu will need to first sort out their CAF Champions League encounter with Esperance on Saturday before thinking abut their Ancestral teams.
The West Nile Province has stars like Fred Amaku and Gadafi Wahab but will need to overcome an equally well assembled Busoga team that boasts of Uganda Cranes players Isaac Isinde and Khalid Aucho. U-20 National team player Hamis Tibita is another key figure for Busoga.
Buganda have not lost any game in the last four matches and they have conceded only one goal.
Bukedi has recorded 3 wins and 1 loss in the last four matches, conceded only once against Acholi.
West Nile is the only Province that won both quarterfinal legs (home and away) without conceding any goal.
Busoga had the highest score in the quarterfinals beating Ankole 3-0 in the 2nd leg.
West Nile has not lost at home. The only set back was a draw against Tooro Province on Match Day 3.
Source: www.mknewslink.com a greater western Uganda news website