New Generations suffer 2-1 defeat to Yei Joint Stars
Zanzibar’s New Generations kick started their CECAFA Women’s Champions League campaign on a losing note on Saturday at the Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi, Kenya.
South Sudan’s Yei Joint Stars stopped New Generations 2-1 in the highly contested Group B match.
Merry Joakini had the chance to put New Generations ahead but her well taken shot was saved by Yei Joint Stars goalkeeper Anna Stephen after 5 minutes.
After 15 minutes Maureen Makunga dribbled past the New Generations defenders and slotted the ball in the net to make it 1-0. The South Sudan team pushed further forward and score the second goal Luka Deborah Alworonga after 39 minutes.
The New Generations team did not give up gave the South Sudan side a 2-0 half time lead. But Hawa Juma pulled one back for the Zanzibari side early in the second half.
New Generations FC tried to fight back and Husna Mpanja had her 44th minute shot miss the target. Early in the second half New Generations pulled a goal back through Hawa Juma.
The Zanzibar Women’s Premier League champions tried to push forward to get more goals, but lacked the finishing touch.
Ali Abdulmutik Haji, the New Generations coach said despite the defeat, he is confident his team will play better in the next matches.
“The team started poorly, but improved as the match progressed. We need to learn to take our chances, “ said Abdulmutik Haji.
The Yei Joint Stars coach Abdairahaman Chol Lual Yel said he was happy to start with a win. The second match saw Commercial Bank of Ethiopia defeat Kenya’s Vihiga Queens FC 4-2 with striker Medina Busser netting the first hat-trick of the tournament.
Action in the zonal qualifier to determine which team qualifies for the TotalEnergies CAF Women’s Champions League final will return on Tuesday with two Group A matches on card.