By Denis Turyahebwa
Uganda’s quest to claim the 2021 CECAFA Women’s U20 Championship was manifested in their cleanout against Djibouti on Matchday two at FUFA Technical Centre, Njeru.
In a dominant display on Monday, Uganda registered a 13-0 win to make it two wins in as many games and take charge of the title race.
Skipper Fauzia Najjemba was ruthless on the day, scoring six goals and thus move top of the scorers’ chart with eight in two games.
Diminutive forward Hadijah Nandago struck twice while Shamira Nalugya(penalty), Asia Nakibuuka, Zaitun Namaganda, Catherine Nagadya and Shakira Nyinagahirwa added a goal apiece to complete the cleanout.
Nandago opened the scores as early as the sixth minute, tapping home from Magret Kunihira’s cross.
Najjemba doubled the lead four minutes later thanks to Nagadya. The latter would later also register her name on the score sheet.
By halftime, Uganda led 6-0 and Najjemba had completed a hat trick with the other goal (a penalty) coming from Shamirah Nalugya.
In the second half, Uganda scored seven more goals in what was a one-sided affair.
Substitute Zaitun Namaganda, Asia Nakibukka, Shakira Nyinagahirwa, Nandago and Najjemba (3) all scored in the second half.
Uganda now moves to the summit of the table with two wins in as many games and will return to action on Wednesday against Eritrea.
Uganda U20 Starting XI
Daphine Nyayenga, Samalie Nakacwa, Asia Nakibuuka, Bira Nadunga, Aisha Nantongo, Shakira Nyinagahirwa, Catherine Nagadya, Shamirah Nalugya, Fauzia Najjemba, Hadija Nandago, Magret Kunihira.