Tanzania came from behind to beat Uganda 2-1 in the first leg of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup qualifiers on Sunday evening at the National Stadium, Dar es Salaam.
Striker Julieth Nalukenge put the visitors upfront early in the second half before Tanzania came back scoring two goals through Diana Msewa and Opa Clement to seal crucial home victory.
Uganda dominated the game, pressing high and created several chances which kept Tanzania defensive pair Enekia Kasonga and Janeth Christopher on their toes.
Tanzania goalie, Asha Ismail denied Nakulenge her brace as the host held on to victory ahead of the return leg in a fortnight in Kampala.
Bakari Shime (Head Coach, Tanzania)
It was a good tactical game for both teams. It has been a good experience for my team, coming from behind to win. It is the first time that we’ve managed to win after going down. We played well though later we lost possession. We had to change tactics later to adopt with the momentum of the game and luckily we won.
Oliver Mbekeka (Head Coach, Uganda)
I can say that we haven’t lost the tie, 2-1 away, is a good result. I congratulate my players, they played very well, and I didn’t expect that. We are looking forward for the return leg.