CECAFA W: Wounded Crested Cranes Eye Zanzibar in Must Win Clash

Uganda’s Crested Cranes return to the pitch for their second game of the 2016 women CECAFA against minnows Zanzibar on Tuesday after noon at Njeru.

Both teams suffered humiliation on match day one; Zanzibar crushing 10-1 to Burundi while the hosts were thumped 4-0 by a red hot Kenya’s Harambee Starlets.

In reality, more about Uganda must beat Zanzibar at least with the same margin in case Burundi don’t concede more than three goals against Kenya.

“This match will be different from the first where we were playing a strong team and was our opening game. We take every team seriously and expect a very positive result on Tuesday,” coach Nantanda said.

The loss against Kenya was the second in a span of two months but the Kenyan assistant coach lauds Uganda for the improvement despite the same results.

“We had difficulties penetrating Uganda unlike the first game and I really think they have improved thats If we look away from the results,” she noted.

Zanzibar coach Mustafa Hassan warns that his girls are not in Uganda for a ride and they will come back strong to give the hosts a good run.

“It was our first game over a long time and we take it as a learning curve. My team will be back stronger because now we got an idea of other opponents,” he said.

The Cranes have no major injury doubts unless the coach opts for tactical changes but Zanzibar have to deal without first choice keeper Amina Mohammed Kitambi was shown marching orders by Kenyan referee Carolyn Wanjala for handling the ball outside her designated zone.

Tuesday fixture
2pm– Kenya vs Burundi
4pm– Uganda vs Zanzibar

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