Kigali, Rwanda – In a thrilling encounter at the Kigali Pele stadium, the Uganda national women’s team, known as the Cranes, emerged victorious against their neighbors Rwanda with a 1-0 win in the Sunday evening CAF Women’s Olympics qualifiers.
The result sets up a highly anticipated clash between Uganda and West Africa giants Cameroon in the second round of qualifiers.
The first leg between Uganda and Rwanda had ended in a dramatic 3-3 stalemate, leaving the final clash as the decider for the teams.
With tensions running high, both sides entered the match eager to secure an early goal. The intensity of the encounter was palpable, with both teams displaying remarkable skill and determination.
As the game progressed into the second half, both Rwanda and Uganda had goals disallowed for offside, adding to the mounting drama on the field. With neither team able to find the back of the net in regular time, the match entered extra time.
In the 100th minute, Uganda’s forward Fazil Ikwaput capitalized on a well-executed pass from Israel-based forward Nabweteme.
Ikwaput swiftly maneuvered past the Rwanda defense and coolly slotted the ball past the Rwandan custodian, Angeline, to score the winning goal. The Ugandan fans erupted with joy while silence befell the home supporters.
The hard-fought victory means that Uganda progresses to the second round of the CAF Women’s Olympics qualifiers.
Their next challenge will be facing the formidable West Africa giants, Cameroon. Both teams will now prepare for the upcoming clash, which is scheduled to take place in October later this year.
The Cranes will undoubtedly rely on their current momentum and resilience to take on Cameroon, who are known for their strong presence in African women’s football.
The encounter promises to be a thrilling showdown between two talented sides vying for a spot in the prestigious 2024 Olympics.
As the journey towards the Olympics continues, Ugandan football fans eagerly await the next chapter in their team’s pursuit of Olympic glory.
The national women’s team has shown great determination and skill, and their progress in the qualifiers has captivated the nation. With their sights set on reaching the ultimate stage in global football, the Cranes will leave no stone unturned as they prepare to face Cameroon in the second round of qualifiers.