Senegal defeated Uganda on Sunday, giving Uganda’s journey at the TotalEnergies Women Africa Cup of Nations a poor start.
Rabat Senegal scored a goal in each half of the match that was contested at the Moulay Abdellah Sports Complex.
The West African team’s goals were scored by Diakite Ndeye and Nguenar Ndiaye.
Ndeye scored the game’s first goal in the 39th minute after Aisha Nantongo was fouled in the penalty area.
Senegal extended their lead five minutes after the restart when Ndiaye took advantage of a slip-up by defender Yudaya Nakayenze.
The team that started against Zambia in a friendly on Tuesday was kept by coach Lutalo.
The only time Uganda came near to scoring in the first half was when Najjemba headed Violah Bambi’s corner kick, but she was unfortunate to see her attempt strike the goal post.
Coach Lutalo made substitutions at the beginning of the second half, replacing Viola Nambi and Hasifah Nassuna with Fazila Ikwaput and Phiona Nabbumba.
Shamirah Nalugya was replaced by Sandra Nabweteme in another move.
When Nabbumba fired from a distance, she came close to scoring, but her shot hit the upright.
Uganda continued to advance and was the superior team in the second stanza.
Ikwaput had a magnificent attempt when she went through on goal, but she couldn’t get the ball past the goalie.
The Crested Cranes’ attention will turn to their matchup with Morocco on Tuesday.
Aisha Nantongo, Joan Nabirye, Shamirah Nalugya, Hasifah Nassuna, Rita Kivumbi, Violah Nambi, Fauzia Najjemba, Asia Nakibuuka, Sumaya Komuntale,
Replacements include Sheebah Zalwango, Margaret Namirimu, Sandra Nabweteme, Lillian Mutuuzo, Fazila Ikwaput, Joan Ainembabazi, and Daisy Nakaziro (all of whom are GKs).