Stumai Abdalla of Tanzania No 8 fights for the ball with Ibangarye Anne Marie of Rwanda PHOTO by Ahmed Hussein Ugadan FA Media officer
Kampala, Uganda ( AFRICASPORTS.NET) – In what was seen as a game full of skills since the Cecafa women’s championship kicked off in Uganda, Tanzania’s girls thumped their Rwandan counterparts 3-2 in their first group B match on Monday.
Striker, Asha Rashid, scored her team’s opener goal four minutes after kick off, giving Tanzania a very early lead of the match. The Kilimanjaro Queens dominated most of the first half an hour of the match, as Stumai Abdalla netted their second goal in the 32nd minute.
But Rwanda’s Nyinawumuntu Marie Grace, one of the two most experienced female coaches in the tournament, brought in Imanizabayo Florence [No 8] with apparently a message of successive attacking tactics.
The whole game changed and Rwandan girls got motivated when Ibangarye Anne Marie, scored a goal in the 44th minute. In the following minute Rwandans enjoyed an equalizing goal when a panicked Tanzanian player, Anastazia Anton [No 2] scored an own goal ending the first half in 2-2 equality.
Although the second half was a bit balanced and both teams were making counter attacks on each other’s goals, Asha Rashid scored her second goal in the 76th minute to confirm Tanzania’s first victory in the 2016 CECAFA women’s championship.
Meanwhile, Burundi will welcome Kenya on Tuesday, while Zanzibar will take on hosts Uganda in the second match of the fixture.
Match Number 1: [Zanzibar 1 Burundi 10]
Match Number 2: [Uganda 0 Kenya 4]
Match number 3: [Tanzania 3 Rwanda 2]