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Uganda edge Zimbabwe, to face South AFrica in semis

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Monday’s Results
Zimbabwe 1-2 Uganda
South Africa 6 -0 Malawi
Eswatini 1-4 Namibia
Botswana 0-0 Madagascar

The Crested Cranes continued to fly high after edging past Zimbabwe with a 2-1 victory to qualify to the knockout stages of the Cosafa Women Cup.

The team was invited as guests together with Cameroon due to their recent decent run that has seen them become a formidable squad.

They started with stunning 4-3win over Swaziland on day one, stumbled on day two to draw blanks with Namibia but returned a much-organized team on Monday to beat the Zimbabweans who were the table leaders before the game.

Unlike day two where she made five changes, head coach Faridah Bulega opted against meddling with the team that started on Saturday and included only Phiona Nabbumba for Hasifa Nassuna.

The team laboured to convert the chances in the first half which ended goalless. Bulega threw in Nassuna for Shamira Nalujja after the break then Juliet Nalukenge for Resty Nanziri.

The change, especially the second, turned a game-changer after Nalukenge deftly controlled Lilian Mutuuzo’s pass from the right side of the box, turned and fired home in 55th minute.

Captain Tracy Akiror doubled the lead with 12 minutes to go after hanging in air to head in from a Nassuna’s corner kick.

Mavis Chirandu called the Ugandans back from the celebrations mood with a 90th minute goal as the Zimbabweans probed for an equaliser that was never to happen.

“It was really tough. We fought hard for this result,” coach Bulega commented after the game. “We have achieved our first objective which was to advance from the group Stages. Now,” she added, “we have to
test our level with the big nations like South Africa and Cameroon who are going for Afcon. But, we don’t really mind who we face.”

Shadia Nankya was voted woman of the match.

The win sent Uganda top of group C with seven points, Zimbabwe follows with six, Namibia four and Swaziland with single point.

Tough test

The organizers confirmed that Uganda will face holders South Africa who are also the reigning champions. That was after they humbled Malawi 6-0 in the second set of matches that were played at the same Wolfson Stadium.

In the other results, Swaziland lost 4-1 to Namibia as Botswana and Madagascar shared spoils.

The semifinals will be played on Thursday.

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