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Ethiopia stage historic comeback against Uganda to clinch CECAFA U20 Women’s Championship



Uganda 2 : 3 Ethiopia

Uganda U-20 Women’s team squandered a two goal first half lead to lose inaugural championship title in Njeru to Ethiopia.

Hadijah Nandago scored Uganda’s first goal when she tapped a Zaina Nandede ball into the back of the net before captain Fauzia Najjemba doubled the lead a couple of minutes later with a superb free-kick.

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The Ugandans who only wanted to either draw or maintain the lead in their last game of the round robin format tournament had not lost a game on the run.

Ethiopia on the other hand badly needed a win for anything less than that would leave them in the second position.

Ethiopia had earlier been disadvantaged in the game with their goalkeeper Lorato being sent off for denying Najjemba a clear goal scoring opportunity by bringing her down in the forbidden area.

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Unfortunately, for Uganda, the Ethiopians showed resilience in the second period and they registered a thrilling comeback into the game to earn a well deserved win.

Rediet Assarasashang , Ariet Odong and Tigist Haile scored a piece each for the Ethiopians in the 51st, 79th and 83th minutes respectively.

While Ethiopian Birkae Amar’e was The Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the Tournament, Uganda’s consolation only came in their goalkeeper Daphine Nyayenga being named the Goalkeeper of the Tournament, Skipper Fauzia Najjemba was the Tournament’s Topscorer with 11 goals while Team Uganda earned the Fair play award.

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