Uganda hold Morocco in Botes' first game in charge of the Crested Cranes

Uganda Crested Cranes captain Fauzia Najjemba on the ball against Morocco in WAFCON | CAF Image

FOOTBALL Uganda hold Morocco in Botes' first game in charge of the Crested Cranes

Brian Aheebwa 07:36 - 02.12.2023

Sheryl Botes' reign as the head coach of the Crested Cranes started with a 1–1 stalemate against Morocco in the latter country in a friendly game played on Friday night.

The Crested Cranes drew first blood thanks to captain Fauzia Najjemba's goal from a penalty kick in the eighth minutes at Pere Jego Stadium in Casablanca.

Daisy Nakaziro managed to keep out Morocco's captain Ghizlane Chebbak from 12 yards at the half hour mark.

Botes' managed team could hold on until the 64th minute when they conceded the equalizer through Elodie Nakkach.

Fauzia Najjemba scored for the Crested Cranes | Équipe du Maroc Image

Najjemba, Phiona Nabbumba, Joan Nabirye, and Viola Nambi were the only four foreign-based players who started the game, with the rest of the trusted players coming from the FUFA Women's Super League.

A draw is an improvement from when the two teams last met in the 2022 Women's Africa Cup of Nations, where Morocco defeated Uganda 3-1 in the group stages.

Crested Cranes' Sumaya Komuntale battling with Morocco captain Ghizlane Chebbak | Équipe du Maroc Image

Following a one-all draw in Casablanca on Friday, the North and East Africans will face off again in Rabat on Tuesday, December 5, for a second friendly match.