The Ethiopian women national side takes third spot in the CECAFA Women Cup following a 4-1 drubbing to the eventual champions Tanzania.
Lucy came to the crucial tie against the Kilimanjaro Queens after a 1-0 win over Kenya while Tanzania hammered Uganda 4-1. A win or draw could have made Ethiopia champions of CECAFA for the first time but Tanzania came from behind to score four goals in the second half to take the crown yet again.
Ethiopia took the lead 29 minutes into the game through defender Meselu Abera, who struck her third goal of the tournament, through a free kick effort. Nonetheless, the Kilimanjaro Queens were the better side in terms of creating countless chances and keeping ball possession.
After the resumption Tanzania bagged three goals in the first 15 minutes to turn around the scoreline in their favor. Goals from Omary Mwanahamisi, Donisia Minaj and Stumai Abdallah found the back of the net to hand Tanzania a commanding lead. Fatuma Mustapha put the final nail in the coffin to cement Tanzania as champions of CECAFA for the second time running.
Kenya secured their first win of the tournament as they swept aside hosts Rwanda 2-0.
Uganda bettered their 2016 fourth place finish being second. Ethiopia settled for third with 6 points and awarded 1000 USD as prize money.
1. Tanzania 4 (+5) 7
2. Uganda 4 (-1) 7
3. Ethiopia 4 (0) 6
4. Kenya 4 (0) 4
5. Rwanda 4 (-4) 4
Photo Courtesy of Rwanda FA