Tanzania defeat Eritrea 5-0 in regional Women’s Challenge Cup

The inaugural 2019 Council for East and Central African Football Associations (CECAFA) Under 17 Women’s Challenge Cup kicked off on Monday with Tanzania defeating Eritrea 5-0 in the opening match.

Irene Kisisa almost gave Tanzania the lead after six minutes but her shot hit the woodwork.

Tanzania later scored a hat-trick through Joyce Meshack, while Aisha Hamis Masaka netted a first-half brace.

The Eritrean team played a highly defensive game but failed to stop the Tanzanian team. Eritrea also had goalkeeper Miley Tesfaalem substituted and Rim Redje came on.

“We are happy to start the tournament with a big win. Like I said we have good teams in youth football and we are here to win the trophy,” said Tanzania’s head coach Shime Bakari after the game.

Eritrea’s coach Mekonnen Zewde said they lost to a good team.

“We do not have the experience and our team is here to get exposure,” added the coach.

The CECAFA Under-17 Women’s Challenge Cup is played on a round-robin format where all the teams play each other and the best on points emerge champions.

The teams taking part in the tournament which ends Dec. 17 include hosts Uganda, Kenya, Djibouti, Tanzania, Eritrea and Burundi.