The Uganda Crested Cranes has today defeated Ethiopia 2-0 in the Total Energies Africa Women's Cup of Nations qualifiers - AWCON
qualifier match played at the St. Mary’s stadium in Kitende
Goals from Riticia Nabbosa and Fauzia Najjemba in each half helped the
Crested Cranes to secure a first leg advantage over the Ethiopians.
Crested Cranes dominated play in the opening minutes of the game as
Nabbosa put Uganda in the lead in the second minute of the game after
immense pressure from the
left flank with a cross coming from Sumaya Komuntale.
Uganda continued searching for more goals with threats from star
striker Sandra Nabweteme however she failed to score past Ethiopian custodian Tarikuwa Bargena.
The crested Cranes however lost control of the game and the visitors dominated
the possession almost the rest of half time.
Before half time, Uganda got a forced substitution after goal scorer Nabbosa went off limping and she was replaced by
Shamira Nalugya. Ethiopia used this as an advantage to continue dominating the
game. However, despite several threats from Ethiopia’s captain Loza
Abera, the Ethiopians failed to score past Uganda’s custodian Ruth Aturo.
In the second half, Ethiopia continued putting Uganda on
pressure in a bid to level the game but Uganda’s defense commanded
by Asia Nakibuuka was smart enough to deny the visitors an equalizer.
In the 76th minute, striker Najjemba netted the second goal for Uganda.
Towards full time, Uganda missed a chance to score the third goal when
Juliet Nalukenge failed to finish off Margret Kunihira’s cross.
Crested Cranes Head Coach George Lutalo revealed that the
tie is yet to get done because there is a second leg in Ethiopia. He
said the two goals are not enough to compete the encounter, adding that
they will need to score more goals in Ethiopia.
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Gizaw , head coach Ethiopia said his team lacked concentration and
ended up conceding goals. He however said they are hoping to overturn
the results in the second leg.
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The return leg will come six days later in Addis Ababa with the winner on
aggregate facing either South Sudan or Kenya at the final