Saturday, November 6
*Burundi 0-1 Ethiopia
*Eritrea 2-0 Djibouti
*Uganda 1-0 Tanzania
- Uganda – 12
- Ethiopia – 12
- Tanzania – 6
- Burundi – 3
- Eritrea – 3
- Djibouti – 0
Uganda needed a late penalty to overcome East African rivals Tanzania in a closely contested CECAFA Women U20 Championship at FUFA Technical Centre in Njeru.
Eritrean Referee Uzana Yohannes pointed to the spot when midfielder Shamirah Nalugya went down after a tackle from Ally Koku in the 72nd minute.
Captain Fauziah Najjemba calmed the nerves to put the ball in the net despite goalkeeper Asha Ismail Mrisho diving the right side.
The goal, Najjemba’s tenth of the tournament, ignited wild celebrations from a small Ugandan fanbase inside Njeru who cheered onto the team from start to finish in a tightly contested affair.
The Celebrations were later decorated by Ugandan players dancing joyously to Vinka’s popular hit – Thank God – after the final whistle.
Watch video via FUFA TV
The victory sent Uganda back on top with 12 points, level with Ethiopia who had earlier displaced Ayub Khalifa’s charges to the summit after edging Burundi in the first game of Saturday.
Uganda meet Ethiopia on Tuesday in a winner takes it all clash, but the hosts will be declared champions if they can avoid defeat in what promises to be a pulsating affair.
The win against Tanzania restored parity for Uganda and gave the side their biggest challenge so far.
Uganda had earlier brushed aside Burundi, Eritrea and Djibouti with ease before facing their size.
Tanzania, coming into the game after lenient suspensions from Cecafa following that ugly melee with officials in loss to Ethiopia, were pumped and fired up to deliver.
They entered Njeru singing loud to their voices midway through the lunchtime Eritrea Vs Djibouti game and their continued their momentum after kickoff.
They denied Uganda spaces and defended tirelessly.
Margaret Kunihira who had a quiet day almost opened the scores when, after cutting inside, curled just over while Najjemba who freed herself from the marker was denied goalkeeper Asha Mrisho in a one-on-one.
Tanzania’s best chance fell to dangerman Aisha Khamis Masaka who despite looped on-rushing keeper Daphine Nyayenga but the goal-bound effort was cleared by Bira Nadunga.
And when Uganda’s moment arrived, Nalugya did not need a second thought when she sensed contact into the area to win a penalty which Najjemba coolly converted.
Its a big win for Uganda but their biggest down of the day will be the loss of defender Aisha Nantongo to injury who was stretchered off for Sumaya Komuntale.
Uganda will look to get the job done on Tuesday with a needed result against Ethiopia to crown the inaugural Cecafa Women U20 with almost the same squad that won the inaugural Cecafa women U19 in 2019 at the same venue – Njeru.
Tuesday, November 9
Burundi Vs Eritrea
Djibouti Vs Tanzania
Uganda Vs Ethiopia
*Note – The Six-Nation Tournament is played under a round robin format.
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