Uganda Women National Team head coach George William Lutalo has praised his players for the spirited performance to knock out Ethiopia on Tuesday and seal a place in the second round of the Africa Women Cup of Nations Qualifiers.
The Crested Cranes, who bossed with a 2-0 win in the first leg, saw the game level just at the half-hour mark with Senaf Wakuma and Loza Abera on target.
Lutalo’s charges held on till the final whistle at normal time and it meant that only shootouts would decide the tie.
In the shootouts, Uganda emerged victorous in the with a 2-1 win, and it was all wild celebrations from the Lutalo’s side.
“I feel so happy and thank all the Ugandans and well-wishers for their prayers which have made us win this game. I also thank and congratulate my players for the energy that they have used to win this game, Lutalo said after the Spot kicks,” said Lutalo
The hosts, Ethiopia, looked blunt in the spot kicks as they converted only once from the five chances they had.
For Uganda, goalkeeper and captain Ruth Aturo saved twice, with the other two Ethiopian players being denied by the woodwork.
Despite Sumaya Komuntale and Joan Nabirye missing, Hasifa Nassuna and Fauzia Najjemba stepped up and scored to guide Uganda to victory.
In a game that saw Uganda concede twice before half time, Lutalo is optimistic that they will improve in the coming games.
“We hope to improve in the coming games in the few areas where we lacked a bit so that we can advance to the next Level.”
Victory ensured that Uganda qualify to the second round of this competition where they will face Kenya, who earlier eliminated South Sudan on aggregate 15-1.
In the event that they get past Kenya, Lutalo’s charges will book a place in the 2022 Africa Women Cup of Nations that is slated to be held in Morocco next year in July.