By Bariyo Brian Tumuramye
Kampala: Ghana took advantage in the tie against Uganda after securing victory in the first leg of the fourth round of the 2022 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup Qualifiers.
The Black Princesses nicked a hard-fought 2-1 on Saturday at St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende to take the advantage ahead of the return leg that will come in two weeks’ time.
Goals from Abdulai Salamatu and Grace Animah guided Ghana to victory. The consolation for Uganda came from captain Fauzia Najjemba who converted from the spot towards the end of the game.
Uganda started the better side and made several attempts at goal but failed to utilize the clear cut chances.
Najjemba was the first culprit, failing to put the ball beyond goalkeeper Cynthia Findib when she beat the Ghana backline for pace in the 9th minute.
Margaret Kunihira who had a tough outing also came close but failed to find the target at the near post.
Ghana on the other hand scored from their first real attempt at goal thanks to Salamatu who capitalized on a defence lapse by defender Asia Nakibuuka.
Uganda U20 Women’s National Team head coach Ayub Khalifa Kiyingi called for instant changes bringing on Lilian Mutuuzo and Shamira Nalugya for Catherine Nagadya and Margret Kunihira respectively.
He would also bring on Zaina Nandede in place of Hadijah Nandago who had a poor show on the day.