U17 Women’s World Cup Qualifiers: Uganda sees off Cameroon in four-goal thriller to progress

FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup Qualifiers 2024
Cameroon 1-3 Uganda
Uganda advances 4-2 on aggregate

The Uganda U17 Women’s National Team showcased an outstanding performance, defeating Cameroon 3-1 at Stade Militaire in Yaounde, to secure a 4-2 aggregate victory in the second round of the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup Qualifiers.

Right from the start, the teen cranes of Uganda demonstrated dominance, creating numerous scoring opportunities.

Coach Sheryl Ulanda Botes, strategic in her approach, made only two changes from the first-leg lineup.

Joyce Kainza and Ritah Nambuusi earned starting positions, replacing Tamisi Shafiga and Promise Kwagalakwe, respectively.

However, Kainza suffered an injury midway through the first half, leading to her substitution by Dorcus Kisakye.

The scoring spectacle unfolded in the 23rd minute when Sylvia Kabene capitalized on a goalkeeping error by Cameroon, giving Uganda a crucial lead.

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Two minutes later, Esther Nangendo extended the advantage with a brilliant corner kick that found the back of the net.

Despite increased efforts from the hosts in the second half, Uganda’s defence remained resolute.

Cameroon managed a consolation goal in added time, but Agnes Nabukenya sealed Uganda’s triumph with a well-executed free kick in the dying moments.

The 4-2 aggregate win propels Uganda to the third qualification round, where they await the winner between Zambia and Tanzania.

The journey continues for the Teen Cranes as they aim for a coveted spot in the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup.

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Uganda’s Starting XI: Lillian Nakilya, Faridah Namirimu, Ritah Nambuusi, Desire Katisi Natooro, Bethany Kaluya, Bushirah Nalunkuuma, Agnes Nabukenya, Esther Nangendo, Shadia Nabirye, Joyce Kainza, Sylvia Kabene

Substitutes: Angella Adeke, Dorcus Namboozo, Fahima Babirye, Promise Kwagalakwe, Tamisi Shafiga, Dorcus Kisakye

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