The opening day of the U-17 CECAFA Women Challenge Cup, produced 23 goals in total, with the hosts Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania pulling off massive performances perhaps to underline their intent for winning the inaugural championship at the FUFA Technical Centre in Njeru.
Crested Cranes thumped Burundi 4-0 in their opening game of the competition. Captain Juliet Nalukenge helping herself to a first half hat-trick, before Samalie Nakachwa added a fourth in the 70th minute.
Nalukenge put the hosts in the lead in the 21st minute, slotting home after Nyinagahirwa Shakira’s defence splitting pass. Seven minutes later, Margret Kunihira cleverly played the skipper through on goal to add a second.
Nalukenge completed her hat-trick in the 40th minute, to take her tally for the year to 56 goals; Nyinaghirwa again the provider. Nakachwa completed the routing in the 70th minute with a sublime finish from outside the box.
Earlier, Tanzania were 5-0 victors over Eritrea, with Joyce Meshack hitting three, while Aisha Hamid scored the other two goals for Tanzania.
The biggest winners on the day were Kenya who thrashed Djibouti 14-0 with Viola Khalai scoring five to go top of the scoring charts.
Fasila Adhiambo scored four as Anna Arusi grabbed a hat-trick, Layin Anyango and Doreen Achieng also got on the score sheet.
With the tournament played on a round robin format, goal difference may come in handy at a later point, but the team with the highest number of points will emerge champions.
Three matches shall be played on Wednesday, December 11th, at the FUFA Technical Center, Njeru.