U-17 Women’s World Cup Qualifiers: Uganda, Cameroon share honors in 1-1 draw of first leg fixture

2024 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup Qualifiers
First Round, First Leg
Uganda 1-1 Cameroon

Uganda’s U-17 Women’s National Team and Cameroon battled to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup Qualifiers at St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende.

The match showcased the skill and determination of both teams as they vie for a coveted spot in the upcoming tournament.

Agnes Nabukenya emerged as the star for Uganda, breaking the deadlock three minutes after the half-hour mark. A precise setup by Shadia Nabirye allowed Nabukenya to fire a clinical shot from close range, putting Uganda in the lead.

Esther Nangendo’s pivotal role in the middle of the park ignited the attacking play, with Nabirye’s skillful navigation on the right wing setting up the crucial goal. Despite the pressure from the visitors, Uganda entered the mandatory break with a lead.

Cameroon, however, returned rejuvenated after halftime. In the 50th minute, Ernestine Heutchou secured the equalizer, showcasing Cameroon’s resilience and determination.

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The game intensified as both teams sought opportunities, with Uganda having a penalty appeal denied by the Algerian referee.

Despite the thrilling performance from both sides, the match concluded without a definitive winner. The spotlight now turns to the anticipated return leg scheduled for next Friday in Yaounde, Cameroon.

The tension and excitement are set to escalate as Uganda and Cameroon face off once again, each aiming to secure a vital victory and advance in the U17 Women’s World Cup Qualifiers.

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Uganda’s Starting XI: Lillian Nakilya (GK), Promise Kwagalakwe, Faridah Namirimu, Bethany Kaluya, Desire Natooro (C), Esther Nangendo, Agnes Nabukenya, Bushira Nalunkuuma, Shafiga Tamisi, Shadia Nabirye, Slyvia Kabene.

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