The Kirimanjaro Queens of Tanzania made a bold statement to resurrect the seemingly fading hopes of retaining the CECAFA Women’s title with a 4-1 whitewash of the table leaders Crested Cranes.
Goals from Daniel Donisia Minja, Asha Hamza Shaban supplemented Asha Saada Rashid’s brace to complete a rout reminiscent of the 2016 Semi final.
From the onset, the Tanzanians exhibited an unquenched desire to make up for their awful start to this year’s edition through relentless attacks.
Hell broke lose in the 18th minute when captain Asha Rashid Saada tapped home a ball from Donisia Daniel Minja.
4 minutes later, Donisia Minja was on a receiving end of a ball from Asha Rashid to double the lead.
Asha Rashid Saada put the game to bed when she completed her brace finishing off a well laid ball from Fatuma Issa at the stoke of half time.
Come into the second half, Farida Bulega made a double change bringing on Favour Danielita NNambatya and Bridget Nabisalu for Winnie Babirye and Esther Naluyimba respectively.
Asha Hamza Shaban made it four for Tanzania slotting in a Stumai Abdallah delivery at the 52nd minute mark.
Uganda made a third and final substitution, Zainah Namuleme came on for midfielder Spencer Nakachwa in the 68th minute.
Defender Shadia Nankya headed home a Namuleme delivery to pull one back for the Crested Cranes inside the added 3 minutes.
Despite defeat, Uganda continues to lead the 5-team log temporarily with 6 points gathered from 3 games. The Farida Bulega coached side will play the hosts Rwanda in their final game on Wednesday.
Victory temporarily propels Tanzania to the second place with 4 points and await their final game against Ethiopia.
Crested Cranes XI
Ruth Aturo (GK), Viola Namuddu, Grace Aluka, Yudaya Nakayenze, Shadia Nankya, Tracy Jones Akiror (C), Spencer Nakachwa, Esther Naluyimba, Juliet Nalukenge, Winnie Babirye, Lilian Mutuuzo
Juliet Adeke, Aisha Namukisa, Bridget Nabisalu, Zaina Namuleme, Monica Namwase, Favour Danielita Nambatya, Phionah Nabbumba, Norah Alupo, Daisy Nakaziro