Lady Doves FC registered a comfortable 5-0 victory over Djibouti side FAD FC in their opening game of the CAF Women Champions League regional qualifiers at Nyayo Stadium, Nairobi, on Saturday.
Goals from Riticia Naboosa, Norah Alupo and Fazila Ikwaput’s brace guided Uganda representatives in the regional tournament to their first win in the opening game.
Fred Musiime’s charges were on fire in a one-sided contest taking charge of the game from the start as Lady Doves showed impeccable fitness levels.
FAD’s annihilation started after 16 minutes as Lady Doves benefited from their continuous early attacks, taking the lead through Riticia Naboosa’s powerful header off Birungi Adrine’s assist.
In the 33rd minute, Fazila scored a stunner, driving through the FAD defence from deep and placing the ball into the back of the net from an acute angle.
Lady Doves’ dominance continued through the rest of the first half, and early in the second half creating a couple of chances, but Joweria Nagadya and Norah Alupo scuffed their opportunities.
In the 53rd minute, Alupo finally grabbed her goal, connecting well with Spencer Nakacwa’s cross from close range.
Seven minutes later, Lady Doves got their fourth goal of the day after Alupo’s powerful cross was turned into her own net by defender Hibo Abdi.
Ikwaput sealed a brace five minutes to the end of the game with a low powerful effort.
Lady Doves will face Simba Queens on Tuesday, August 31, before they climax group games against Burundi’s PVP.
How both teams lined up:
Lady Doves XI: Daisy Nakaziro (C) (GK) , Adrine Birungi, Christine Madam, Irene Akiror, Gloria Namugerwa, Sarah Nakuya, Norah Alupo, Riticia Nabbosa, Jowelia Nagadya, Lydia Nyandera, Fazila Ikwaput
Substitutes: Daphine Nyayenga (GK), Elizabeth Nakigozi, Spencer Nakacwa Spencer, Esta Nahimana, Margret Namande, Getrude Karungi, Eseza Kobusobozi, Olivia Babirye Olivia, Nabirah Nakitto
FAD FC XI: Doumbia Rokiatou (Gk), Deka Daher, Aswan Warsama, Nasteho Roble Djama, Hibo Abdi Abdillahi, Neima Said, Yousra Awad (C), Houda Doudoub, Mouna Dabar, Rahma Aden, Lerman Sikeh
Substitutes: Soubane Omara (GK), Oumalkaire Ahmed, Djamila Adaweh, Youssour Abdi, Fatouma Ismail, Nadia Nour, Mahado Darar.