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Crested Cranes Defeat Cameron 2-0 in Women's Olympic Qualifiers :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Crested Cranes Defeat Cameron 2-0 in Women's Olympic Qualifiers

Crested cranes players celebrate after scoring a second goal.
Uganda's women football team- The  Crested cranes defeated Cameron 2-0 in a faceoff at the Njeru based FUFA technical centre last evening.

The win increased the team's chances of qualifying for next year's women's Olympics football tournament in Paris.

The frst goal of the match was scored by Catherine Nagadya in the 10th, minute and Fazila Ikwaput sealed off the win with a goal in the 76th minute of the game.

The two goals ahead of their opponents, energized the crested cranes to contain the tempo of the game throughout the playing time.

Cameroon had acquired a clear goal scoring opportunity in the 36th minute when the referee gave them a penalty, after penalizing Crested crane's debutant Justine Najjuka for a handball in the 18-yard box. But Nchout Njoya missed the penalty.

The ability by Crested crane's goal keeper Daisy Nakaziro to stop Cameron's penalty built momentum within her squad to confidently defend their win.

The Crested Cranes now head out for the second leg away game against Cameroon with a comfortable lead. However, their interim coach, Charles Ayiekoh argues that much as the win is a positive node in their favor, the girls will focus on intensifying midfield handling tactics, which will edge them ahead of their physically fit opponents.

Ayiekoh says that the girls were able to stick to their agreeable style of play and philosophy to triumph over Cameroon, but they have an uphill task away from home, which warrants them to invest more in next week's game. 

"Everyone is strong enough on their home ground and much as we have won today, our celebrations can only be full after winning next week's game in Cameroon, which will definitely increase their Olympics qualifying opportunities," he says.

Ayiekoh who won his first game as interim coach of the Crested Cranes credits the achievement on the willingness of the technical bench to impart their best in the girls.

Fauzia Najjemba, the Crested Cranes captain says that it has been challenging for them to play against world class footballers, with wide experience in the sport, but credits the girls for exhibiting confidence, which partially facilitated their. 

'It was not easy to play with professional footballers who have featured in international tournaments like the World Cup, with undisputable recognition across the world, but the girls exhibited reputable confidence, which enabled us to be ahead of them," she says.

Najjemba argues that they are hopeful of qualifying for the Olympics and the girls are willing to deliver their best during the fourthcoming away face-off with Cameron.

Cameron's head coach, Jean Baptiste Bisseck declined to address the media about his general assessment of the game.

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