Uganda Crested Cranes started the 2018 CECAFA Women Championship with a hard fought 1-0 win over Kenya at Stade de Kigali on Thursday.
Lillian Mutuuzo scored the solitary goal. She had all the time to slot the ball home past goalkeeper Poline Atieno who had parried a corner delivery in the youngsters’ path.
Grace Aluka nearly doubled Uganda’s lead just after the half hour mark but her free kick hit the cross bar.
After recess, Starlets coach David Ouma called for double change with Esse Akida and Martha Amunyolete coming on for Terry Engesha and Mercy Achieng but Uganda remained solid at the back.
Harambee Starlets XI: Poline Atieno (GK), Lilian Adera, Dorcas Shikobe, Elizabeth Ambogo, Wendy Achieng, Cheris Avilia, Cynthia Shilwatso, Mercy Achieng, Mwanahalima Adam, Neddy Atieno, Terry Engesha
Substitutes: Monica Karambu (GK), Phelistus Kadari, Vivian Nasaka, Anita Adongo, Ruth Ingosi, Martha Amunyolete, Esse Akida.