December 9, 2021

CECAFA Women U20: Uganda throws advantage as Ethiopia wins title

By Edwin Kyle Kule
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Uganda gave away a two goal lead to lose to Ethiopia 3-2 and grant the inaugural CECAFA Women U20 Championship to the latter at FUFA Technical Center, Njeru on Tuesday evening. 

Even with one soldier down, the Ethiopians scored three goals in the second half to complete a comeback past Uganda who had led the first half 2-0.

In the seventh minute, Fauzia Najjemba collided with custodian Eyerusalem Lorato a few steps away from the box which spurred the latter’s sending off, having denied a clear goal scoring opportunity.

Four minutes later, Sumaya Komuntale curled the freekick over the wall before Mihret Teesema fumbled with it. The alert defence cleared the ball away from the area.

Twenty minutes into the game, Margret  Kunihira laid a cutback that was met by Najjemba but her volley was well collected by Teesema.

Five minutes later, Zainah Nandede peeled away from her marker and laid a low cross, Hadijah Nandago controlled with the right foot and placed the ball in the back of the net with her left to give Uganda the lead.

Five minutes to the end of the first stanza, Najjemba got herself on the score sheet through a powerful freekick that Teesema failed to deal, giving Uganda a 2-0 lead heading to the break.

Ethiopia started the second stanza stronger with high intensity and even though they were a player down, it was still noticeable that they kept playing their way.

In the 51st minute, Rediet Assrasahang looped the ball past Uganda’s goalkeeper Daphine Nyayenga who had rushed off her goal line to pull one back for Ethiopia.

In the 63rd minute, Ayub Khalifa made the first double change, introducing Catherine Nagadya and Zaitun Namaganda for Zainah Nandede and Hajidah Nandago.

Later, Asia Nakibuuka replaced Kunihira inorder to increase the defensive energy at the back since Ethiopia had stepped up with continuous attacks.

Eleven minutes to the end of the game, Ariet Odong shielded off Aisha Nantongo before sending a powerful shot past Nyayenga to level matters.

Four minutes later, Odong started off a counter attack that was finished by Tigist Haile who completed a well deserved comeback past Uganda that had lost concentration.

The win pushed Ethiopia to 15 points and on tip of the six team log, while Uganda dropped to second with 12 points from the five games played in the regional competition.

Uganda XI: Daphine Nyayenga (GK), Samalie Nakacwa, Komutale Sumaya, Bira Nandunga, Asia Nantongo, Shamirah Nalugya, Shakirah Nyinagahirwa, Hadijah Nandago, Fauzia Najjemba©, Margret Kunihira, Zainah Nandede

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