Sinan RAJUB SENOGA
FIFA has officially put an end to the uncertainty that has been hovering around the 2020 U-17 Women’s World Cup by announcing the cancellation of the tournament.
The tournament was initially scheduled to take place in November this year but was postponed to January 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
India who were the host nation declined from hosting the global showpiece following the increase in the number of coronavirus cases in the country.
” As a result and after careful consideration of the feedback received by the stakeholders combined with the inability to further postpone these tournaments, the FIFA-Confederations COVID-19 Working Group subsequently recommended that the 2020 editions of the two women’s youth tournaments be cancelled and that the hosting rights for the 2022 editions be offered to the countries that were due to host the 2020 editions.”
Reads a statement from FIFA.
The U-20 Women’s World Cup which was to be held in Costa Rica and Panama has also been cancelled.
However, India will host the 2022 U-17 Women’s World Cup edition while Costa Rica will be the hosts for the U-20 tournament in the same year.
In the same line, FIFA has also announced that the FIFA World Club Cup will be held in January – February in Qatar under required safety precautions.
Uganda’s U-17 Women’s team was in line for a World Cup qualification under the tutelage of coach Ayub Khalifa Kiyingi.
Uganda was to play against Cameroon in a two legged encounter in the final round of qualification where the aggregate winner would automatically book a berth in the World Cup.
The team’s skipper and lead striker Juliet Nalukenge was also a joint leading scorer in the campaign with five goals on her name.