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WAFCON Qualifiers: Crested Cranes lose first leg to Desert Warriors

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Uganda Women National Team, Crested Cranes have lost their first leg advantage to Algeria Women’s National Team in the Women’s AFCON qualifiers on Wednesday at the Fufa Technical Centre- Njeru.

Two second half goals from Imane Chabel and Habiba Karchouni in the 47th and 51st minute respectively were the 2-1 edge difference on the day for the Desert Warriors.

Uganda looked very comfortable in the opening five minutes where they attacked rentlessly, drawing a foul in the 5th minute only for roving left back Sumaya Komuntale to take the free kick but was instantly stopped Algerian goalkeeper.

In a game that was closely contested, both sides were up to the task on the day with Ugandan tactician Ayub Khalifa Kiyingi trying to twitch playing structures just like Algeria’s Farid Benstiti.

Despite all the player’s efforts, the first stanza of the game ended goalless.

With a number of Ugandan fans holding the cheeks at the start of the second half, Algeria drew first blood through a Chabel header three minutes after kick off.

Four minutes later Karchouni doubled the Desert Warriors’ lead through a long distance shot to make it 2-0.

In the 60th minute, Khalifa made two changes for Uganda bringing on Viola Nambi and Asia Nakibuuka to replace Fazila Ikwaput and Hasifah Nassuna inorder to bring more balance into the side.

However ten minutes later, Aisha Nantongo didn’t make it to the finish after she was forcefully replaced by Margret Kunihira due to injury.

Three minutes to the end of the game, Fauzia Najjemba converted from the spot after a foul on Amina Nababi in the box to hand Uganda a consolation goal.

Carrying a goal into the second leg Uganda will have something to hold on as they play the return leg next Tuesday in Oran despite a first leg deficit.

The winner on aggregate between Uganda and Algeria will face either Burundi or Ethiopia.

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