By: Danito Nsubuga
The Crested Cranes knew it from the onset that they could only progress to the next stage round by winning with a margin of 2 or more goals.
But the task appeared too heavy for them as they carried a 1-0 deficit against a side that has been at the tournament proper with 4 appearances
Farida Bulega’s girls started right away from the onset but the task at hand looked so hard for them as Kenya hung on to a goalless draw that saw them build on their previous performance in the first leg to set up a date with Equatorial Guinea.
Forwards Juliet Nalukenge and Hasifa Nassuna tried pushing the Crested Cranes forward but the huge rift in class and ability could not permit them to break their counterparts.
Uganda’s most potent performers of the evening were Ruth Aturo for the timely saves she made and Yudaya Nakayenze the rock in defense who played with confidence of a seasoned challenger.
Bulega made 3 changes on the day that included the introduction of Winnie Babirye and Phiona Nabbumba for Asia Nakibuuka and Tracy Akiror but these could also help less to break the organised Kenyans.
Uganda Head coach Farida Bulega lamented the lack of competitive matches as one of the reasons that have hindered the Cranes’ progress.
“It’s absurd we lost the tie, but the team has put up a fight. We have been undone by inexperience”
‘”I urge the federation to organize more matches for us so that we can continue practicing new ideas competitively “
Kenya will take on Equatorial Guinea and the aggregate winner will qualify for the Women Africa Cup of Nations to be hosted by Ghana in November and December this year.