By: Nsereko Musoke Isa
Neema Nzahabonayo’s late strike was enough for Burundi to earn a deserved point in a six goal thriller draw held this afternoon at FUFA Technical Center, Njeru in the ongoing U17 CECAFA Women championship.
Tanzania grabbed her lead through her soft lefted forward Joyce Meshack in the early minutes of the first stanza. Shortly after seven minutes, Aisha Hamis Masaka doubled the led before Burundi’s Bora Ineza pulled one back to end the half in a 2-1 score.
Tanzania bounced back stronger in the second half to stretch the lead to 3-1 through a long range strike by Christer John Behela ten minutes into play.
Burundi gradually gained momentum after the introduction of young star Peace Nyomwungere Eloga who changed the game. The efforts yielded fruits and shortly Karenzo Lydia scored the second before Neema Nzohabonayo only three minutes to end the game.
The Tanzanian tactician blames their failure to defend set pieces well as a factor for his team’s high conceding rate.
“We poorly defend set pieces and we have lost everything because of that. We are going back to the drawing board to correct mistakes.”, said Bakar Shine.
Daniella Niyibimenya the Burundi head coach is optimistic her team will continue to improve and perform to her expectations.
“The girls will improve with time and play to our expectations. We lost the first game but never lost the zeal to work for better. We shall continue to correct mistakes and the coming opponent will realize that“, said Daniella Niyibimenya.
Tanzania face Kenya while Burundi face Djibouti on Friday, 13th December at FUFA Technical Center in Njeru.