Uganda and Ethiopia inched closer to progressing to the fourth round of the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Costa Rica 2022 with 1-0 and 3-1 victories in the first leg of the third-round ties on Friday.
In Entebbe, Uganda continued from where they left off in the second round after a 10-3 aggregate win over Kenya, with a clinical home triumph over South Africa's Basetsana at St. Mary's Stadium.
Hadijah Nandago's 19th minute solitary effort was all the East Africans required to claim a narrow win at home ahead of their trip for the second leg in South Africa in two weeks' time.
Photo Album from today's game between Uganda and South Africa pic.twitter.com/9po4DTdT0t— FUFA (@OfficialFUFA) December 3, 2021
Meanwhile in Francistown, visitors Ethiopia handed themselves a massive advantage of advancing with a 3-1 victory over Botswana at the Oleb Itani Chilume Stadium.
Araiet Odong gave the 2021 CECAFA Women’s U-20 Champions the lead in the 34th minute before Turist Lema doubled the advantage two minutes before the half time break.
At the restart, Peggy Manewe pulled one back for the home side in the 57th minute but Mesay Temesgen struck six minutes from full time to seal the huge first leg win heading back to Addis Ababa.