Kenya’s Harambee Starlets Thursday lost their opening CECAFA Women’s Championship match by a solitary goal to Uganda Crested Cranes as this year’s event got underway in Kigali, Rwanda.
Lilian Mutuuzo scored very early in the game to give Uganda the three points at the Stade de Kigali.
This was the 6th meeting between the two sides since 2016, with Starlets holding a better record of four wins but failed to go into the clash with the same spirit, conceding in the 6th minute.
Harambee Starlets last faced Crested Cranes at the 2018 African Cup of Nations qualifiers in April, where Kenya won 1-0 on aggregate after a 1-0 win at home and a goalless draw in Kampala.
The Crested Cranes will next face Ethiopia this Saturday while Kenya, finalists in the 2016 edition, will take on defending champions, Tanzania on the same day.
The team conducted their final training in Kigali Wednesday and the coach said they were prepared mentally for the tournament as they look to claim the regional title.
Bulega said they no longer fear Kenya, a side that has dominated them in recent years, and any other team that comes their way in the event. The event was last hosted in 2016 in Uganda where Crested Cranes finished fourth after losing to Ethiopia in the third place playoff.
Bulega will be hoping to lead the side to a better finish in this year’s tournament that has attracted five teams namely; hosts Rwanda, defending champions Tanzania, 2016 finalists Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda.