CECAFA WOMEN football results:
Uganda 9 Zanzibar 0
Kenya 4 Burundi 0
Ethiopia v Rwanda – 4 p.m
Zanzibar 1 Burundi 10
Uganda 0 Kenya 4
Rwanda 2 Tanzania 3
GROUP A: Uganda, Kenya, Burundi, Zanzibar
GROUP B: Ethiopia, Tanzania, Rwanda
Hasifa Nassuna grabbed four goals as Uganda’s Crested Cranes hit Zanzibar for dead with nine goals on Tuesday in the ongoing CECAFA women’s championship in Jinja.
Uganda raced to a 3-0 half-time lead, as goals from Nassuna, Christine Nambirigge and two goals apiece from US based Laki Otandeka and Fazilah Ikwaput overwhelmed Zanzibar. Burundi had two days earlier run to a 10-1 win over the Zanzibar women.
Kenya, that beat Uganda in their opening match, are already into the semifinals as they top the group with six points. Burundi and Uganda who will face off next on Thursday, are both at three points with one game to go in the preliminaries.
Uganda XI: Ruth Aturo (G.K), Christine Wanyana, Viola Namuddu, Gladys Nakitto, Yudaya Nakayenze, Jean Sseninde, Christine Nambirige, Naume Nagadya, Hasifa Nassuna, Laki Otandeka, Fazilah Ikwaput
Subs: Fatumah Matovu (G.K), Zaina Namuleme, Tracy Akiror, Shakira Nalwooga, Ritah Nabossa, Sandra Nantumbwe, Winnie Babirye
Head coach: Majidah Nantanda
Tanzania beat Rwanda 3-2 courtesy of a late winner by Asha Rashid as the CECAFA women championship being hosted by Uganda entered day two on Monday.
East and central Africa football took a strong step forward at the weekend when the inaugural CECAFA women’s tournament kicked off at Njeru in Jinja.
Burundi and Kenya opened with convincing results at the weekend. A hat-trick by Djazilla Uwimeza led Burundi to an emphatic victory on the opening day.
Earlier, CECAFA hailed Uganda for hosting the inaugural event.
“Its our first championship and its being monitored closely by both CAF and FIFA” said Nicholas Musonye, secretary general of the Council of East and Central Africa Football Association (CECAFA).
“I thank FUFA president Moses Magogo for honouring his pledge to hold this tournament. He made the pledge in Ethiopia at our last congress last year” Musonye said.
“We intend to host the CECAFA U-17 Boys and CECAFA Women’s tournaments soon so that the best of the FUFA Juniors League and the FUFA Women Elite League are put to international test. We intend to register the Women National football team in CAF and FIFA competitions in 2017,” Magogo said last year.
The 10 day tournament will feature Kenya, Rwanda, Zanzibar, Burundi, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Uganda.
The tournament was launched on August 29 2016 at Uganda’s football headquarters at FUFA House, Mengo in Kampala. FUFA president Magogo outlined plans to raise the level of Uganda’s women on the football map.