Crested Cranes Players Ratings Against Burundi

Uganda advanced to the semifinal phase of the ongoing Women’s CECAFA championship after edging Burundi 1-0 in the final Group A game played at Njeru technical centre on Tuesday.
Youngster Fazirah Ikwaput scored the lone strike at the stoke of halftime to send Uganda into the semifinals.

Chimpreports’ Joel Muyita rates each crested cranes player’s performance against the Swallows.

Ruth Aturo(GK) (6)
Her second clean sheet in the tournament, pill Aturo kept her goal area with vigilance. She cleared off the line  Sakina Saidi’s attempt in the 80th minute.
Yudaya Nakayenze (6)
Nakayenze as always has the defensive awareness, keeping her position and supporting the centre back but failed to make runs upfront whenever Uganda was in possession.

Joan Nakirya (6.5)
Playing at left book yet she is right footed, Nakirya played well and marked out Burundi’s swift winger Niella Uwimana.

Gladys Nakitto (7)
She made timely interceptions and denied space to the Burundi attacking trio of Sakina Saidi and Djazila Uwiimeza.
Christine Wanyana (6)
As always her experience was vital in the game against Burundi. She commanded the defence line and won most of the aerial duels.

Jean Peace Sseninde (6)
One of the most improved players since the opening game against Kenya. Sseninde given her size denied playing space to the Burundi mid fielders. She also provided the assist for Ikwaput to score the lone goal.

Christine Nambirigge (5)
Given her versatility, Nambirigge offered support to the attacking line while also helping out Nakayenze whenever the cranes were on the back foot. She got injured at halftime and was rushed to hospital.

Naome Nagadya (5)

She played a bit deeper yet she was supposed to be the link between the midfield and the attack hence the supply to the forwards was insufficient.
Fazirah Ikwaput (8)

She has been the revelation of the tournament and with just two caps on the national team Ikwaput played without fear and got the lone strike to send Uganda into the semifinals her third of the tournament.

Hasifa Nassuna (8)

She is the fan’s darling at the tournament because of her dribbling abilities. Nassuna made several runs and interplays with Fazirah but her attempts were denied by Burundi goalie,Ndoraraho Belida.

Laki Otandeka (4.5)

Either she was fatigued or failed to coordinate well with Ikwaput and Nassuna, Otandeka was silent the entire game even when she switched positions.


Tracy Jones Akiror (5.5)
Despite playing out of position on the right wing, Akiror picked from where Nambirigge left and when Burundi pushed for the equaliser in the final minutes of the game,she offered support to Nakayenze.

Shakira Nalwoga (5)

Playing her first game at the tournament,Shakira came on for Sseninde in the 62nd minute to provide more cover to the back line which she ably did.


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