It was yet another heartfelt Cosafa finale as South Africa’s U-17 girls team “Bantwana” lost to tournament invitee Uganda “Crested Cranes” 2 – 1.
After a goalless first half Uganda drew the first blood in the 57th minute courtesy of Fauzia Najjemba.
However, Bantwana did not get disparaged by the opener as they continued to attack and their tenacity soon paid off in the 75th minute when Nabeelah Galant teed up Tiffany Kortjie to score the equaliser.
At 1 – 1 with three minutes to play the match seemed to be headed for penalties, but that thought was soon short-lived as 16-year-old Juliet Nalukenge made it two for the Crested Cranes in the 87th minute.
There was very little Bantwana could now do to perhaps turn the tables around which eventually saw the Crested Cranes being crowned the U – 17 Cosafa champions.
Earlier on Zambia beat Botswana 3 – 0 to take home the bronze medal. This is now the second time a tournament invitee has won a Cosafa final following last month’s women U20 which was won by Tanzania.
Uganda’s Juliet Nalukenge won the Golden Boot award after netting in 18 goals and Uganda’s goalkeeper Daphine Nyayenga received the Golden Glove award.
In other news – Acie Lumumba apologises to Kasukuwere
Source – Daniel Itai (Port Louis, Mauritius)