2022 AWCONQ: Uganda put two past Ethiopia to earn home advantage

Uganda Senior Women National Team the Crested Cranes registered a comfortable 2-0 victory against Ethiopia in 2022 Africa Women Cup of Nation qualifiers at St. Mary’s Stadium Kitende on Wednesday evening. Riticia Nabbosa and Fauzia Najjemba scored in either half as Uganda earned home advantage in an emphatic win. Midfielder Nabbosa needed only two minutes … The post 2022 AWCONQ: Uganda put two past Ethiopia to earn home advantage appeared first on Latest football news in Uganda.

2022 AWCONQ: Uganda put two past Ethiopia to earn home advantage

Uganda Senior Women National Team the Crested Cranes registered a comfortable 2-0 victory against Ethiopia in 2022 Africa Women Cup of Nation qualifiers at St. Mary’s Stadium Kitende on Wednesday evening.

Riticia Nabbosa and Fauzia Najjemba scored in either half as Uganda earned home advantage in an emphatic win. Midfielder Nabbosa needed only two minutes to open the scoring account for the ladies at home.

Uganda nearly found the second of the day moments later after Sandra Nabweteme had laid a defence-splitting pass to Fauzia Najjemba who failed to control the ball in the box.

In the 25th minute, Asia Nakibuuka lost possession just outside the box but the captain and custodian Ruth Aturo came off the line to save matters as the visitors looked to capitalize.

Two minutes past half an hour mark, Shamirah Nalugya replaced injured goal scorer Nabbosa.

As the game grew, Ethiopia gained momentum and held more spells of possession orchestrated by Medina Awol Busser and Aregash Kalsa Tadese.

Ethiopia’s closest chance came in the 37th minute through Emeber Adisu Asfaw whose shot went above the crossbar by inches.

With only two minutes to end the first stanza, Medina forced Aturo into a full-stretch save off a strong rebound.

As the first half was loaming, Medina set Loza Abera Geinore who fired on goal outside the 18-yard box but Aturo parried away the effort, brilliantly yet again.

Uganda made the second change after five minutes into the second half, introducing Juliet Nalukenge for Nabweteme.

Sheebah Zalwango replaced Hasifa Nassuna to increase the team’s work rate in the middle park that was engulfed with Ethiopian bodies.

At half an hour mark, Tadese lost possession to Margaret Kunihira who was later pulled down a few steps away from the box. Komutale stepped up to take the freekick but her curling effort went just over the bar.

In the 74th, Fauzia Najjemba superbly or rather assuredly headed the ball into the back of the net past Ethiopia’s custodian Tarikua Bargena Balcha who hurried off the line.

With seven minutes to the of end the game, Kunihira beat her mark and laid across in the dangerous area but Nalukenge’s tap in unluckily went off-target.

Whoever wins the contest after the two-legged encounter will meet the victor between Kenya and South Sudan to book a place in Morocco.

How they lined up

Uganda XI: Ruth Aturo (Gk), Viola Namuddu, Sumaya Komuntale, Asia Nakibuuka, Shadia Nankya, Joan Nabirye, Riticia Nabbosa, Hasifa Nassuna, Fauzia Najjemba, Sandra Nabweteme, Margret Kunihira

Ethiopia XI: Tarikua Bargena Balcha (Gk), Meskerem Kanko, Emeber Adisu Asfaw, Medina Awol Busser, Loza Abera Geinore, Aregash Kalsa Tadese, Nardos Getenet Mekonnen, Buwoli Hiwot Dengiso, Birra Etsegenet, Senaf Wakuma Demise, Hasabe Muso Gila.

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