Uganda marks return to WAFCON with defeat against Senegal

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Uganda’s starting XI. (FUFA Media).

Uganda Sunday conceded a goal in either half of the game against Senegal thus marking their return to the Women Africa Cup of Nations since 2000 with a 2-0 loss.

For the Mame Moussa Cissé’s side, the victory at Moulay Abdellah Sports Complex, Rabat was their first ever in the history of the competition.

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Goals from Diakhaté Ndeye and Nguenar Ndiaye were just enough to give the Lionesses of Teranga top spot in Group A, as they leapfrog Morocco, who they join on three points.
Burkina Faso and Uganda lie third and fourth respectively.

Senegal took the lead six minutes before halftime with Ndeye converting from the spot after Aisha Nantongo fouled striker Hapsatou Diallo in the box.

Five minutes into the second stanza, the West Africans doubled their advantage with Ndiaye capitalizing on a mistake by defender Yudaya Nakayenze.

The Senegalese celebrate their second goal against Uganda on Sunday. (CAF).

The most clear-cut chance of getting a goal by the Crested Cranes in first half fell on Fauzia Najjemba but her header off Viola Bambi’s corner kick could only kiss the base of the goal post.

At the start of the second half coach Lutalo made changes bringing on Fazila Ikwaput and Phiona Nabbumba for Viola Nambi and Hasifah Nassuna.

Sandra Nabweteme was later introduced replacing Shamirah Nalugya.

Nabbumba almost scored when she shot from far but her strike hit the upright.

Uganda kept surging forward and was the better side in the last 45 minutes.

Ikwaput had a glorious effort when she went through on goal but failed to fire the ball beyond the goalkeeper.

Uganda take on Morocco on Tuesday in their game two of the campaign.

Uganda’s Starting XI
Ruth Aturo (GK), Asia Nakibuuka, Sumaya Komuntale, Yudaya Nakayenze, Aisha Nantongo,Joan Nabirye, Shamirah Nalugya, Hasifah Nassuna, Rita Kivumbi, Violah Nambi, Fauzia Najjemba

Substitutes
Daisy Nakaziro(GK), Vanessa Edith Karungi(GK), Margaret Namirimu, Sandra Nabweteme, Lillian Mutuuzo, Fazila Ikwaput, Joan Ainembabazi, Phiona Nabbumba, Sheebah Zalwango

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