Uganda Ejects Tanzania In 2020 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Qualifiers

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Kunihira's long range goal in the 43rd minute eased tension on the Ugandan side. Her goal leveled up 2-2 on aggregate.
Team Uganda celebrate after Fauziah Najjemba scored the 3rd goal. FUFA photo

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Uganda has advanced to the next round of qualifiers of the 2020 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup qualifiers after defeating Tanzania in the 2nd leg. The game ended 5-0 and Uganda qualified on a 6-2 goal aggregate.

The home side  came into the game in need of a win after losing the first leg 2-1 two weeks ago in Dar es Salaam.

Margaret Kunihira opened the goal scoring spree in the 43rd minute to send fans at the StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo celebrating. In the second half the Tanzanian team returned charged and pushing forward, but found the Ugandan defenders firm.

Fauziah Najjemba and Grace Aluka also got their names on the score sheet to make it 3-0. Skipper Juliet Nalukenge later netted a brace.

Uganda's head Coach Ayub Khalifa says that he told the players to consider the first leg as a first half and therefore today's leg as the second half where they must convert mistakes into goals. 

At the post match press conference, Khalifa says it was a great day for his team unlike two weeks ago when they were in Tanzania. He also added that God has favoured the team to move to the next round against Cameroon.

However,  due to the Coronavirus threat in Cameroon that was confirmed some cases, the Cameroon against Uganda match has been postponed from next month to another date that the Confederation of African Football (CAF) will announce.

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Tanzania's Head Coach Shime Bakari has lauded Uganda for the stellar performance today. He says his team was off target and also overpowered by Uganda's defenders and strikers, particularly the Captain Juliet Nalukenge. 

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The President of  Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA), Moses Magogo pledged a cash reward of US$200US dollars per player. Therefore each of the 26 players who have been in camp and pitch, each will thereby receive an equivalent of shillings 750,000 for winning the game.