Uganda beats Kenya in Cecafa Women’s Champions kick off

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The mean posts denied both Uganda and Kenya in the opening half

By Our reporter

KENYA, Harambee Starlets kicked off their Cecafa Women’s Champions on a wrong footing after falling to Uganda by a solitary goal. A goalkeeping blunder by Poline Atieno gifted Uganda an easy goal early in the first half.

According to goal.com, an online publication, Lillian Mutuuzo lobbed the ball on the roof of the net when she took full advantage of a poor clearance by Atieno.

Despite dominating the game with 53 percent ball possession, Kenya left the pitch with nothing to show for their supremacy.

The mean posts denied both Uganda and Kenya in the opening half

But it was Mwahalima Adams’ well-chipped ball that clearly painted a picture of a disappointing evening for Starlets when the ball lazily bounced back to the goalkeeper for a crucial save for Uganda.

In a game of missed chances, Neddy Atieno thought that she had pulled an equalizer for Kenya in the 39th minute only for the celebration to be cut short by a yellow flag from the lineswoman.

Kenya also saw another goal disallowed when the referee called for a foul after Ugandan goalkeeper collided with her defender.

The victory was a perfect revenge for Uganda who lost to Kenya by a similar margin during the Africa Women Cup of Nations (Awcon) Qualifier in April 2018.

Starlets will be seeking to make amends in their second match of the tourney against defending champions Tanzania on Saturday before tackling hosts Rwanda and Ethiopia.

 

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