CECAFA Women’s Championship: Uganda comes from a goal behind to defeat Ethiopia

By: Sinan Rajub Senoga 

• Ethiopia 1-2 Uganda

The Crested Cranes extended their impressive start after emphatically rallying from a goal behind to edge Ethiopia 2-1 courtesy of Grace Aluka and Yudaya Nakayenze.

Ethiopia started on the front foot with slicky build ups and relentless attacks before taking the lead in 38th minute courtesy of a Ware Birtukan tap in.

Farida Bulega made a first half change bringing on Esther Naluyimba for Zainah Namuleme inside the two minutes of added time in the first half.

Come into the second half, Monica Namwase was brought on Phionah Nabbumba as Uganda surged for a leveller.

Bulega made a tactical statement withdrawing Spencer Nakachwa for a defender Bridget Nabisalu, a move that gave Yudaya Nakayenze liberty to move into a more advanced position few minutes past the hour mark.

Hardworking left back Grace Aluka levelled matters with a long range exquisite free kick in the 70th minute.

A minute later, the Ethiopians almost took the lead again but Kalsa Aregash squandered a glorious keeper to beat opportunity.

Following a foul on Lilian Mutuuzo, Yudaya Nakayenze headed home a well delivered free kick from Viola Namuddu in the 75th minute.

At the end of the 90 minutes, the Crested Cranes were able to hold on to their lead to intensify their remarkable run.

Uganda will play against the Kirimanjaro Queens of Tanzania on Monday 23rd July at 3:00pm

Crested Cranes XI
Ruth Aturo (GK), Viola Namuddu, Grace Aluka, Yudaya Nakayenze, Shadia Nankya, Tracy Jones Akiror (C), Spencer Nakachwa, Phionah Nabbumba, Juliet Nalukenge, Zaina Namuleme, Lilian Mutuuzo

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