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Women WC U17: Khalifah’s Girls  eliminate Tanzania in qualifiers

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Uganda beat Tanzania 5-0 to progress to the last qualifying round of the U17 women world cup at the StarTimes stadium, Lugogo.

Goals from Margret Kunihira, Fauzia Najjemba, Grace Aluka and a brace from captain Juliet Nalukenge overturned a 2-1 defeat for a 6-2 aggregate score.

The Girls coach, Ayub Khalifah was eager for his team to the deliver goals as much as they could for the fans who turned up at full capacity in Lugogo.

A single goal can eliminate Tanzania but it won’t be enough for the pride of the country and the fans need goals.

Khalifah as quoted before the match.

Margret Kunihira opened up the scoring in the 43rd minute curling in a beauty from outside the penalty following a loose ball in the Tanzania backline.

Grace Aluka celebrates after scoring against Tanzania in their 5-0 victory at the StarTimes stadium, Lugogo | courtesy of Fufa Media

Najemba netted a superb free kick in the 73rd minute while Grace Aluka’s long clearance beat the Tanzania goalkeeper who had moved inches from the goal line to find the back of the net for a third in the 75th minute of the game.

Nalukenge completed the scoring with a brace in the last five minutes of the game scoring in the 88th and 90+3 minutes respectively.

Shamira Nalugya was the fans player of the match after bossing the midfield with a brilliant role perfectly done in protecting the backline and starting up the attacking force.

Uganda will now face Cameroon in the last qualifying round of the U17 women world cup. Cameroon eliminated Sao Tome with a 10-0 aggregate score.

Starting lineups used

Uganda XI

Daphine Nyayenga (GK), Samalie Nakacwa, Sumaya Komuntale, Bira Naddunga, Grace Aluka, Catherine Nagadya, Margret Kunihira, Shamira Naluggya, Juliet Nalukenge (C), Hadija Nandago, Fauziah Najjemba

Tanzania XI

Asha Ismail(GK), Protasia Mbunda, Esther Mabanza, Lucia Mrema Sabasi, Emiliana Isaiah Ndimu, Fumukazi Ali, Charles Neema, John Christa, Joyce Meshak Charles, Aisha Hamisi Masaka, Irene Elias Kisisa


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