Olivier Mbekeka suffered her first loss as head coach of the Uganda U20 women team in a 2-1 defeat away to neighbors Tanzania in the first leg of qualification round one of the FIFA U20 Women World Cup.
Juliet Nalukenge scored a vital away goal as Tanzania came from down to win the match played at the National Stadium in Dar es salaam.
The highly anticipated game ended 0-0 after the first 45 minutes with both the teams having a low start.
U17 skipper Juliet Nalukenge put Uganda ahead in the 48th minute as she netted her first goal on the U20 side.
Diana Msewa equalized for Tanzania u20 ladies team in the 65th minute as Opa Clement added the second to give the hosts a maiden win from the comeback.
Olivier Mbekeka is confident of progressing to the next round as they carry an away goal advantage in a defeat with a narrow margin ahead of the return leg in Kampala.
Uganda will host the return leg on February 2nd at the Startimes Stadium Lugogo to complete round one of qualification.
Tanzania u20 2-1 Uganda u20
(Diana Msewa 65′) (Juliet Nalukenge 48′)
(Opa Clement )
How the teams linedup
Tanzania u20 XI
Asha Ismail, Protasia Mbunda, Esther Mabanza, Enekia Kasonga, Janeth Christopher, Diana Msewa, Opa Clement, Irene Kisisa, Daniel Pheromena, Aisha Masaka, Julitha Singano
Uganda u20 XI
Juliet Adeke, Stella Musubika, Asia Nakibuuka, Aisha Namukisa, Shadia Nankya, Teddy Najjuma , Phiona Nabbumba, Margaret Kunihira, Juliet Nalukenge, Fauzia Najjemba, Lilian Mutuuzo