Tanzanite Queens to play Ethiopia in third round of U-20 Women

13Oct 2021
Nassir Nchimbi
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Tanzanite Queens to play Ethiopia in third round of U-20 Women

​​​​​​​TANZANIA national U-20 women's team will confront Ethiopia's U-20 women side in the U-20 Women World Cup qualifiers' third round.

Tanzania U-20 women's team's footballer, Veronica Mapunda (L), dribbles past Eritrea's U-20 women side's player in the U-20 Women’s World Cup Qualifiers match played in Dar es Salaam last weekend. PHOTO: TFF

Tanzania's side 'Tanzanite Queens' successfully qualified for the third round of the qualifiers for the African continent, bundling Eritrea's U-20 women side out of the second round.

The U-20 Women World Cup tournament is expected to take place in Costa Rica in 2022.

'Tanzanite Queens' cruised to a 2-0 win over Eritrea's U-20 women's side in a match played at Azam Complex in Dar es Salaam last weekend.

The team's goals were scored by the captain, Irene Elias Kisisa, and Protasia Mbunda, in a rematch.

In the game, which was dominated by the Tanzanian team, the hosts wasted several scoring opportunities before the skipper scored from just outside the opponents' box, Protasia later scored the second.

With the victory Tanzanite qualified for the third round with a 5-0 aggregate win, having previously won 3-0 at Asmara Stadium in Eritrea.

Tanzanite, led by an experienced female soccer tactician Edna Lema, has talented footballers in the likes of Asha Mrisho, Irene Kisisa, Aisha Masaka, Emiliana Isaya, Noela Patrick, Protasia Mbunda, Violet Nicholaus, Joyce Fred, Shehata Juma, Christer John, Kadosho Shaban, Rehema Ramadhan, Veronica Gabriel, Ester Mabanza, Diana Wiliam, Aisha Juma, Fumukazi Ally, Fatuma Idd, Florentina Fulgence, Zulfa Ally, and Clara Luvanga.

In the next round, Tanzanite will play against Ethiopia which handed Rwanda a humiliating 8-0 defeat over two legs in the second round.

Rwanda, known as the She-Amavubi, under the tutelage of Grace Nyinawumuntu, qualified for the second round of the qualifiers after their first-round opponents South Sudan pulled out of the qualifiers.

Ethiopia thumped the Rwanda U-20 4-0 in the second-leg at the Bahir Dar Stadium in Ethiopia last week.

The first leg tie between the two teams, which took place at the Kigali Stadium a week back, also saw Ethiopia win 4-0.

Tanzanite Queens faces a daunting task if the squad wants to process to the fourth round due to the quality and ability of their opponents.

After the third round, eight teams will advance to the fourth round before they eventually make it to the final round where the best two teams will qualify to represent Africa at the 2022 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup to be held in Costa Rica.