Uganda’s Crested Cranes have beaten Eswatini 1-5 in their second game of the 2021 Cosafa Women’s Championship in currently taking place in South Africa.
Coach George Lutalo made three changes from the team that drew 0-0 against Namibia in the first match. The changes saw captain Ruth Aturo, Norah Alupo and Hasifa Nassuna starting on bench.
Their places were taken up by Laki Otandeka Kanyesigye, Phiona Nabbumba and debutant Daisy Nakaziro.
From the onset, the Ugandans were ruthless and threw the kitchen sink at Eswatini.
In the end, the restless efforts paid off dividends with Uganda earning their first victory of the campaign.
Midfielder Joan Nabirye opened the scores in the 15th minute to set the tone for the rest of the game.
Her ferocious strike brought confidence to the team and Uganda went ahead to dominate every aspect.
Another midfielder and eventual player of the match,Riticia Nabbosa doubled the lead with a close finish, tapping home from Resty Nanziri’s cross ten minutes later.
In the first few minutes into second half, Eswatini put some pressure which yielded results and they eventually scored what later turned out to be the consolation through Celiwe Nkambule who capitalized on a mistake by Asia Nakibuuka.
However, their hope to grab a possible come back was quickly buried by Nabweteme’s 62nd minute strike.
Nassuna who replaced Nabbosa took a few minutes to announce her arrival, scoring two quick goals, the first a well taken free kick in the 72nd minute and the other a perfect low drive, three minutes later.
Uganda who has now collected four points from two games, will face Zambia in the final group game on Tuesday.