Highlights: Uganda stun favourites Zimbabwe to reach Cosafa semis

Uganda beat reigning silver medalists Zimbabwe 2-1 on Monday, 17 September, to reach the 2018 Cosafa Women’s Championship semi-finals.

Pre-tournament favourites Zimbabwe were not only unbeaten coming to this match but were also yet to concede a goal.

This stellar run was brought to a screeching halt in the 63rd minute courtesy of a superb combination by two 15-year-olds.

Lilian Mutuuzo, five days shy of her 16th birthday, surged down the right flank before cutting in to lay the ball for Juliet Nalukenge to break the deadlock.

Captain Tracy Akiror then headed home the second off a Hasifah Nassuna corner-kick in the 79th minute.

It all seemed done and dusted when Cosafa 2017 topscorer Rutendo Makore pulled one back for the AWCON 2018-bound Zimbabwe in the 90th minute to set up a nervy finish.

But the overly young Ugandan side managed to hold on to storm to the semifinals in their first ever appearance at the tournament.

With that, Zimbabwe, who reached the 2017 semi-finals thanks to being the best-placed runners-up, will now have to wait to see if lightning shall strike twice.

Meanwhile, Namibia scored their first goal(s) of the tournament in a 4-1 win over Swaziland in the other Group C clash to exit with a win.

The Brave Gladiators thus finish third in the group on four points, two points behind Zimbabwe in second while bottom-placed Swaziland finish without a win.

The East African guest nation Uganda, straight from a stunning second-place finish in Cecafa 2018, will now face holders South Africa in the semi-finals on Thursday 20 September.

Group C final results

FT: Zimbabwe 1-2 Uganda
[Rutendo Makore 90’ // Juliet Nalukenge 63’, Tracey Akiror]

Player of the Match: Shadia Nankya (Uganda)

FT: Swaziland 1-4 Namibia
Celiwe Nkambule 5’ // Kylie van Wyk 7’, Lina Katuta 34’ 90’, Lovisa Mulunga 43’]

Player of the Match: Thomalina Adams

Final Group C Standings

(1) Uganda: 7pts (+2)

(2) Zimbabwe: 6pts (+3)

(3) Namibia: 4pts (+2)

(4) Swaziland: 0pt (-7)


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