Ghana Ends Uganda’s Women U20 World Cup Dream

Saturday, February 5
•Ghana 5-0 Uganda
*Uganda lose 7-1 on aggregate


Uganda’s U20 Women World Cup bid came to an end after a 5-0 defeat by Ghana on Saturday in the second leg of the fourth-round of the qualifiers at the Cape Coast stadium.

The result means that Uganda has been dumped out of the qualification campaign on a 7-1 aggregate defeat, having lost the first leg 2-1 at Kitende last month.

Doris Boaduwa scored a late brace added while Evlyn Badu, Abdulai Salamatu and Rahama Jafara scored a goal each for Ghana who will meet Ethiopia at the next stage.

Uganda took charge of the opening 20 minute but could not find the back of the net before Ghana found their rhythm.

Shamira Nalugya’s freekick at the edge of the box rattled the woodwork while Juliet Nalukenge’s over chested pass was collected by hosts keeper Cynthia Konlan.

Ghana celebrating one of the five goals. GFA photo

In the 23rd minute, Badu slid with a tap in to find a opener for the hosts. In a space of two minutes, unmarked Abdulai doubled the lead off Doris Boaduwaa brilliant pass.

In the 32nd minute, Daphine Nyayenga came to rescue for the visitors when she denied yet an unmarked Abdulai to register a brace, before the same Nyayenga made a howler at the expense of Doris’ pressure who dispossessed Nyayenga to have an empty opportunity but her effort was denied by the wood work to end the first half 2-0 in the hosts’ favor.

Just like the first stanza, the Black Princesses let Uganda take control of the proceedings of the first 20 minutes of the half which saw Juliet Nalukenge’s 63rd clear chance denied by the cross bar before Shakirah Nyinagahirwa’s clear effort was parried away into a corner.

Captains and match officials before kickoff. FUFA photo

Ghana, who have represented the Continent for five consecutive times, had substitute Jafaru make it three at the expense of Uganda’s backline which failed to clear a corner kick away from their box in the 82nd minute.

In the space of four minutes, Doris netted in the fourth with a beautiful header in the top right corner off substitute Mafia Nyame’s beautiful corner kick.

Just at the death, Doris registered herself a brace when she converted a penalty following Bira Nadunga’s handball in the forbidden area, to put the game to bed.

Line up used.

Ghana – Cynthia Konlan, Opoku Abena, Anasthesia Achiaa, Louisa Aniwaa, Susan Ama, Azumah Bugre, Suzzy Dede, Evelyn Badu, Doris Boaduwaa, Salamatu Abdulai, Grace Anima.

Uganda – Daphine Nyayenga, Samalie Nakacwa, Sumaya Komuntale, Bira Nadunga, Aisha Nakibuuka, Shakirah Nyinagahirwa, Shamirah Nalugya, Hadijah Nandago, Juliet Nalukenge, Fauzia Najjemba.


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