Tanzania are aiming for the first time to reach the final round of the African qualifiers for the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup, Costa Rica 2022 as they battle Ethiopia in the second leg, fourth round on Friday, 4 February 2022 in Addis Ababa.
Tanzania defeated their neighbours Ethiopia 1-0 courtesy of Christer Bahera’s 64th minute brilliant individual effort in the first leg meeting at Amaan Stadium on 23 January 2022.
The win didn’t only gave the Tanzanite an progression advantage but also revenge a 2-1 defeat to the Ethiopians at the 2021 CECAFA U20 Women’s Cup last November and coach Bakari Shime has reflected on the first leg result.
“I’m very happy about the first leg result. It was a very tough game against Ethiopia and I congratulate my players for what they did in the match in Zanzibar,” Shime said.
“We tried as much as possible to prevent an away goal from Ethiopia on our home ground, and created some chances, even though we couldn’t manage to score from them in the first and second half.”
“Overall, it was a good and tough game for both teams and we are leading with a 1-0 first-leg advantage.”
“We know Ethiopia are the CECAFA U20 Women’s Cup champions and in our last meeting during the tournament, we lost 2-1 last November.”
The Tanzanite brushed aside CECAFA rivals Eritrea 5-0 on aggregate before edging neighbours Burundi on a 4-3 victory to seal a fourth-round date Ethiopia.
With a narrow first leg lead over the Ethiopians in Zanzibar, the former Tanzania U17 women coach opened up on their strategic plot to see out their rivals at Abebe Bikila Stadium on Friday.
“We are prepared for the second leg in Ethiopia. We are dealing with the mistakes from the first leg and we have learned a lot from Ethiopia, which are also a very good side.”
“It will be a very tough second leg match in Addis Ababa but we will try out best to defend well and also attack to get an away goal in our quest to kick them out of the qualifiers.”
The winner between the two teams on aggregate this week will progress to the final stage and face off with the aggregate winner between Uganda and Ghana.