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World Cup Qualifiers; Uganda U-20 Women Happy to Return to Their Winning Ways

World Cup Qualifiers; Uganda U-20 Women Happy To Return To Their Winning Ways

A bit of luck and wastefulness set up both Uganda and South Africa for a mouthwatering second leg of the U-20 Women World Cup Qualifiers.

Uganda ran out 1-0 winners, thanks to Hadijah Nandago’s 20th-minute header into the back of the net. This was off Margaret Kunihira’s corner.

However, during the post-match conference, both coach Ayub and captain Fauzia admitted they had not played better opponents before in the World Cup Qualifiers.

‘’We won but from where I was sitting, I felt the pressure and that they were really the better team,’’ Ayub said.

He said they were happy because they achieved their major aim of returning to their winning ways.

As for South Africa, they should have equalized when Captain Lonathemba Mhlongo and striker Joy Daniels Chelsea attempted. They headed over the bar and wide in the 31st and 38th minutes of the game respectively.

Uganda will need to work harder to beat Soweto’s fabulous goalkeeper Nthabiseng who made fantastic saves in the game.

She denied an uncharacteristically quiet Juliet Nalukenge from a 76th-minute free-kick and later Najjemba in stoppage time.

‘’She is a young goalkeeper and we hope that her career will continue to grow till she plays for the national team too. Uganda started well but she kept us in the tie and we hope to have an even better performance at home,’’ South African coach Jabulile Baloyi said on her 19-year-old keeper’s account.

Her bench had no substitute keeper as some of her squad members ‘are writing their Grade 12 examinations. Others have been affected by Covid-19 in one way or another.

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