By Brian Bariyo Tumuramye
Mauritius: Uganda are taking part in the southern African region competition as the guest nation, but the manner in which they chopped the hosts to pieces on Sunday September 23, 2019, provided a good measure of evidence that they are in it not just for formality’s sake.
Coach Ayub Khalifa watched his side send out a bold message to the seven other competing teams that they are keen on going all the way to the final day – and claim the maiden title.
Uganda’s first win of the tournament following their opening 1-1 draw against Zambia on Friday is the third-highest-scoring game of this edition thus far, following South Africa’s 28-0 thrashing of Seychelles on Saturday and Zambia’s 15-0 victory over Comoros earlier on Sunday.With 68 goals scored across the first six games so far, scouts will have every reason to pay closer attention to the competition.
Uganda too good for Mauritius
The hosts came into Sunday’s game oozing plenty of confidence, buoyed by their Group A opening 5-1 victory over Comoros on Friday.
But a rude awakening against Uganda gave the Indian Ocean islanders plenty of thinking to do as they fell behind as early as the first minute when Margret Kunihira got the East Africans off to a flying start inside St. François Xavier Stadium in Port Louis.
Nalukenge made it two four minutes later to establish a one-sided pattern.
Stella Musubika put Uganda in better control with a third goal 14 minutes into the game, before Mauritius’ first shot came in the 27th minute – although it was wide of the mark. A minute later though, the hosts trailed further when Fauzia Najjemba made it four, before Nalukenge extended the visitors’ lead with her second of the day 10 minutes to the break.
The Ugandan skipper completed her hattrick four minutes into the second half, before scoring yet again to fire Khalifa’s rampant side seven goals up against a non-responsive Mauritian side.
Nalukenge tops goals charts
It continued to rain goals in Maritian keeper Brasse’s net as Uganda even afforded the luxury to let goalkeeper Daphine Nyayenga take their 53rd-minute penalty, the goal-stopper making no mistake. 8-0 at this point of the game!
Meanwhile, Nalukenge was not done yet. She heaped her goals bag with her fifth of the day – and Uganda’s ninth – just after the hour mark.
Najjemba sealed her brace 24 minutes before time to pile more misery on Mauritius, as Nalukenge completed the rout with another goal to seal a massive victory for the guest side