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Crested Cranes through to final round of AWCON Qualifiers after beating Ethiopia

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Crested Cranes players celebrate a shootout victory over Ethiopia on Tuesday. FUFA Photo

2022 Africa Women Cup of Nations Qualifiers
Return Leg, Second Round
Ethiopia 2-0 Uganda
Aggregate Score: Uganda 2:2 Ethiopia
Uganda won 2-1 on penalties

Uganda women’s senior national football team (Crested Cranes) are through to the final qualification round of the 2022 Africa Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) Qualifiers after beating Ethiopia on Tuesday.

Uganda lost 2-0 in the Tuesday return leg at Abebe Bikila Stadium in Addis Ababa and matters had to be settled via a penalty shootout following Uganda’s 2-0 home win at St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende in the first leg.

In the spot kicks, captain Ruth Aturo made two saves, the other two Ethiopian players missed and only one converted.

For Uganda, Nassuna scored the opening kick but Nabweteme missed hers. Fauzia Najjemba would go on to convert the third take before left back Sumaya Komuntale missed.

Earlier on, Uganda started on the front foot and had two attempts at goal, one through Zalwango who failed to connect to Fauzia Najjemba’s free kick while the other chance fell to Nalukenge.

It was the home side that eventually broke the deadlock through Senaf Wakuma in the 21st minute.

They later doubled their lead ten minutes later when captain Loza Abera found space inside the area to slot home.

In the second half, Uganda showed improvement and fought hard to find a goal but in vain.

Uganda’s Coach George Lutalo rang two changes from the team that had started against Ethiopia at home.

Juliet Nalukenge and Sheebah Zalwango started in place of Sandra Nabweteme and Hasifa Nassuna respectively.

The result means Uganda advances and sets up a date with Kenya in the third round.

Starting XI

Ruth Aturo (1) (C), (GK)
Viola Namuddu (6)
Sumaya Komuntale(2)
Asia Nakibuuka(3)
Shadia Nankya(5)
Joan Nabirye(12)
Margaret Kunihira(7)
Sheebah Zalwango(22)
Riticia Nabbosa(17)
Juliet Nalukenge(9)
Fauzia Najjemba(13)

Substitutes
Daisy Nakaziro(19)
Daphine Nyayenga(18)
Phoebe Banura(14)
Rhoda Nanziri(15)
Shamirah Nalugya(21)
Sharon Nadunga(20)
Hasifa Nassuna(10)
Sandra Nabweteme(8)
Laki Otandeka (16).

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