Burundi thrashed Zanzibar as Crested Cranes of Uganda were humiliated by Kenya in the opening group A matches of the Cecafa Women’s championship being played at the technical centre facility in Uganda’s industrial town of Jinja.
In the first match of the fixture, Burundi defeated Zanzibar 10-1. Zanzibar’s side decreased to ten when their goalkeeper Amina Mohamed Kitambi was awarded with a red card in the first half of the match.
Hosts Uganda shamefully lost to Kenya 4-0 in the second match of the 10-day Cecafa women’s championship which is being held in the region for the first time in nearly 35 years.
The Kenyan side who dominated most of the match had shown very high profile performance and were deserve for the win. The Crested Cranes also made good exhibition and tried their best to share the match with their opponents, although they were unable to make a single goal.
This was a very beautiful warm up for the Kenyan women who for their first time ever will represent the CECAFA region in the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations to be staged in Cameroon later this year.
However, the revival of women’s championship in the CECAFA region is seen by many as a starting point for women’s football development in this part of Africa.
Now that the competition is on, CECAFA Secretary General, Nicholas Musonye believes that women football in the region was on track. “I m very delighted that our women are enjoying this tournament. In CECAFA we are very proud that the competition is eventually started after so long time of preparations and hard work” Secretary General, Nicholas Musonye, told the media.
By Shafi’i Mohyaddin Abokar
CECAFA Media Committee