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Brilliant starts for Burundi and Kenya as CECAFA Women's Championship kicks off in Uganda

by Shafi'i Mohyaddin Abokar, CECAFA Media Committee member

JINJA, September 12, 2016 - Burundi thrashed Zanzibar as the Crested Cranes of Uganda were humbled 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 given a red card in the first half of the match.

Hosts Uganda woefully 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 showed put in a high profile performance and deserved the win. The Crested Cranes tried their best to get into the match with their opponents, although they were unable to score a single goal in front of the home crowd.

This was a wonderful 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.

The revival of the 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’s football in East and Central Africa is on track. “I am very delighted that our women are enjoying this tournament. In CECAFA we are very proud that the competition is up and running after such a long period of preparation and hard work,” Nicholas Musonye told the media.

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