By Thomas Odongo
The Uganda National Women's Football team - Crested Cranes were on Sunday held to a barren stalemate (0-0) by Kenya Harambe Starlets during the return leg of the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) Qualifiers at Star Times Stadium, Lugogo.
During the first leg played on Wednesday last week, Uganda was succumbed to a slim 1-0 loss at Machakos Stadium, Kenya hence Kenya qualifies to the second round on a 1-0 aggregate.
After losing at Kenya, Uganda hoped to seek redemption at home but a determined Kenyan side persisted and rather settled for a goal-less draw.
At Lugogo, Uganda opted to attack with team captain Hassifa Nassuna partnering with Juliet Nalukenge hence causing trouble to Kenyan back-line bodies.
However, they (Uganda) had no clear chance in the first half albeit pressing on from the wings.
Uganda's golden chance came at the second half when Nassuna struck a 20-yard free kick that was tipped off by Kenyan custodian, Maureen Shimuli.
Uganda's custodian, Ruth Aturo was also called to class a moment later when Kenya’s Carolyne Anyango drove a propeller shot that was almost rebounded in by Atieno Akoth.
Kenya therefore progresses to the second round on a 1-0 aggregate and will play West African giants, Equatorial Guinea.
FUFA President, Eng. Moses Magogo and other FUFA Delegates were among the on-lookers that witnessed Uganda exit the tournament at the first round.
Crested Cranes team
Goal Keepers; Ruth Aturo, Daisy Nakaziro, Cissy Nakiguba
Defenders; Viola Namuddu, Grace Aluka, Gladys Nakito, Shadia Nankya, Yudaya Nakayenze
Midfielders; Shakirah Mutibwa, Norah Alupo, Damalie Matama, Tracy Akiror, Spencer Nakacwa, Asia Nakibuuka, Winnie Babirye, Christine Nambirigge
Forwards; Hasifa Nasuna (C), Shamirah Nalujja, Juliet Nalukenge, Zainah Namuleme.