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It will be a do-or-die for the Uganda Crested Cranes team when they face Zanzibar in their second Group A of the on-going Cecafa Womens Championship this afternoon.

It will be a do-or-die for the Uganda Crested Cranes team when they face Zanzibar in their second Group A of the on-going Cecafa Women's Championship this afternoon.

After a disappointing 4-0 loss to Kenya's Harambee Starlets in the inaugural Championship on Sunday, coach Magida Nantanda's side cannot afford another loss if they hope to progress to the knock out stage of the event taking place at the Fufa technical ground in Njeru, Buikwe.


"We know there is some pressure on us now because we need to win the remaining two games if we are to qualify for the semi finals," Nantanda told URN.


The coach said they are going all out to attack and get the goals that can get them a comfortable victory since the group is now tricky. "I am happy that my players have responded well after the loss and are hungry to win the game against Zanzibar," added Nantanda, Uganda's most qualified coach with a CAF A certificate.


Team skipper Christine Wanyana said the game will be treated like a Cup final because it has lots of bearing if they are to progress to the later stages of the Championship.


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The Crested Cranes will however miss the services of attacking player Winnie Babirye who picked a knee injury in the opening game against Kenya, while Zanzibar will also miss first choice goalkeeper Amina Mohamed Kitambi who was sent off in their opening game against Burundi.


But before the Crested Cranes take to the field the Harambee Starlets who will represent the region at the 2016 Africa Women's Championship will battle Burundi in what promises to be a thriller.


Group A table standing
                P    W    D    L    G    A     Pts
Burundi    1      1     0    0    10    1      3 
Kenya      1      1     0    0    4      0      3 
Uganda   1      0     0    1     0      4     0 
Zanzibar   1      0     0    1    1     10     0