WAFCON 2022: Wasteful Crested Cranes suffer loss against Senegal

Crested Cranes were so wasteful as they lost 2-0 to Senegal in their opening game of the 2022 Women’s African Cup Of Nations (WAFCON) at Prince Moulay Abdellah Sports Complex.

George Lutalo’s charges found clear cut chances through Fauzia Najjemba and Fazila Ikwaput but none was converted.

On the other hand, Senegal’s two goals came from the unvoidable mistakes in Uganda’s backline.

Crested Cranes started with great pace creating a lot of danger upfront through pacy Viola Nambi.

Later on, Nambi’s cross was to swift to be tapped home by Fauzia Najjemba.

In the 19th minute, Ruth Aturo was at her best punching away a roving cross from the left flank.

Uganda’s best chance came through Najjemba whose header rattled off the goal post.

In the 38th minute, Aisha Nantongo brought down Nguenar Ndiaye to give Senegal a penalty.

Ndeye Awa Diakhate stepped up and converted from the spot to give Senegal a lead.

In the second half, Phionah Nabbumba and Fazila Ikwaput replaced Hasifah Nassuna and Violah Nambi respectively.

Yudaya Nakayenze’s back pass was intercepted Haby Balde before releasing off Ndiaye who saw off Aturo before she scored in an empty net.

Ikwaput got two clinical chances but Senegal custodian Sene Tenning was so excellent on the day to keep his goal area safe.

The result takes Uganda on the bottom of Group A with a worse goal difference than Burkina Faso who lost 1-0 to Morocco.

While Senegal takes the top position and the hosts follow in the second position as the two sides that picked wins in their opening games.

In the next game, Uganda will face Morocco while Burkina Faso will take on Senegal on Tuesday July 5.

How they lined up

Senegal XI: Sene Tenning (Gk), Babou Mareme, Anta Dembele, Sow Mbayang, Ngueye Ndiaye, Ndeye Awa Diakhate, Haby Balde, Safietou Sagna, Jeannette Sagna, Diallo Hapsatou, Camara Meta

Uganda XI: Ruth Aturo (Gk), Asia Nakibuuka, Sumaya Komuntale, Yudaya Nakayenze, Aisha Nantongo, Viola Nambi, Hasifah Nassuna, Ritah Kivumbi, Joan Nabirye, Fauzia Najjemba, Shamirah Nalugya

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