u-20 women team has stepped up preparations ahead of their forthcoming FIFA
World Cup qualifiers next month.
Uganda is preparing for a doubleheader against giants South Africa in the third
round of the qualifiers over two legs. The first leg will take place at the St.
Mary’s Stadium, Kitende on December 3, before the return leg in South Africa.
Fresh from the just concluded CECAFA U-20 Women Championship that was hosted at
FUFA Technical center in Njeru where Uganda scooped a silver, the team entered
a residential camp on 19th November 2021.
Since then, the girls under the stewardship of head coach Ayubu Khalifa Kiyingi
have been conducting several training sessions to help the team raise their
fitness levels before they play South Africa.
On Tuesday, the
team lost their build-up game 2-1 to She Corporates that was played at MTN
Omondi stadium in Lugogo. Sumaya Komuntale scored the only goal for the
National team side.
Ahead of the first leg, the team played another build-up game on Thursday against
a men’s side Msingi soccer academy where the national team still lost to Msingi
3-1. After the game, Khalifa said he wanted to test the endurance of his girls
and he believes the game against boys has given him the right position of his
//Cue in: “A very good test …
Cue out: … and very promising”//
Team captain Fauzia Najjemba believes her side is not the best form but she
believes the coaches will improve them before facing South Africa.
“We have done
a lot of mistakes but with time we are going to correct each and everything
because the team is still progressing and the coaches are giving what they
can”. Najjemba stated.
Uganda will have to raise its performance if they are to overcome a resilient
side in South Africa. To reach the third round, Uganda ejected Kenya 10-3 on
aggregate. In the first leg Uganda hammered Kenya 7-2 and later in the return
leg, Uganda picked a 3-1 win.
The qualifiers that started last August with 40 teams have now entered the
third round with 16 teams. According to the qualifiers’ setting, the best two
teams will book tickets to represent Africa in the FIFA U-20 Women's World