Uganda 2-2 Ethiopia
Uganda surrended a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Ethiopia during the first round of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup qualifiers duel decided by goalkeeping errors at the St Mary’s Stadium on Friday.
After a barren halftime, Uganda scored two quick goals after the hour mark through Hadija Nandago.
Her brace was however, not enough after Ethiopia staged a prolific come back to score twice in 11 minutes as the game approached it’s final bend.
The first stanza had nothing to report about beside Ethiopia’s two back-to-back attempts fluffed and Uganda’s narrow miss towards recess with goalkeeper Sharon Kaidu keeping the score goalless.
Ethiopia got the first chance after 13 minutes when Meseret Mamo’s perfect free kick called Kaidu into action to punch the ball outside for a corner. Daniel Emush then looped the ball over the bar in a keeper to beat situation.
At the stroke of halftime, Kawempe Muslim defender Nakimera Sharifa was very close to goal but failed to utilize a well guided ball off Ethiopian defender with her pounce going inches wide thanks to a Catherine Nagadya free kick.
The hosts then had a penalty appeal turned down by the center referee and later Catherine Nagadya had a stunning shot collected by Ethiopian shot stopper Abeba Ajibo.
In the 67th minute, Ethiopia gambled inside their territory before Nandago capitalized on a poorly cleared ball to loop over the goalkeeper who fumbled as the ball found it’s way through causing an uproar from the home fans.
Five minutes later, Nandago doubled the lead from her individual brilliance with an easy strike in unguarded net.
Goalie Ajibo came off her line to poorly clear away the ball that fell in the path of Nandago as the latter guided it in an empty net few minutes away from the center ark.
In the 79th, Daniel Emush Dandamo scored a well executed goal with precision when her long range from the right beat Kaidu off her line to reduce on the deficit as the former whirled off in a Christiano Ronaldo trademark celebration.
In the 90th minute mark, substitute Semira Kedir Ahmed drew matters level when her distant dropping ball beat Kaidu on her line as she failed to control before conceding in the similar fashion.
The scoring stalemate put the game on the thread and Uganda will take the fight in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for the return leg in a two weeks’ time.
If Uganda sail past Ethiopia, they will reach the second qualification round where they will face South Africa.
Winners at the second round will then progress to the last round where the three aggregate winners will represent Africa in the World Cup to be hosted in India.
Sharon Kaidu (GK), Sharifa Nakimera, Rebecca Nandhego, Desire Natoora, Patience Nabulobi, Kurthum Namutebi, Brenda Munyana, Shakira Nyinagahirwa ©, Catherine Nagadya, Hadija Nandago, Kamiyat Naigga
Nansamba Yuka Bridget (GK), Nabulime Phiona, Kisakye Dorcus, Najjuma Shamsa, Nalumu Sumayyah, Namusoke Esther, Nassaazi
Abeba Ajibo (GK), Metasebiya Kifile, Meseret Mamo ©, Dirshaye Menza, Ttirsit Adamsu, Sebelewongel Wodajo, Emush Daniel, Tigist Adane, Tsehayinesh Jula, Kalidan Wondemu, Yemiwedish Ashebir
Shewit Birhanu (GK), Eyerus Wondemu, Nigist Hayelu, Demekech Dalga, Semira Kedir, Marta Wolde, Nigist Asr
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