Ayub Khalifa tests positive for COVID-19, goes in self-isolation

SINAN RAJUB SENOGA

Uganda’s U-17 Women’s team head coach Ayub Khalifa Kiyingi has tested positive for COVID-19.

Ayub confirmed the development on Thursday evening and said he is currently in self-isolation from where he will conduct sessions for the team which is currently in camp.

“I have on Thursday 8th October 2020 tested positive for COVID -19.

” I am now in self-isolation from the camp for a period as guided by the health officials for better medication and recovery.

” While I am away, I will help conduct some sessions with my technical team for the players online as we continue with preparations for the FIFA U17 World cup Qualifier with Cameroon.”

He said in a statement.

Ayub is the most decorated coach is Ugandan women football and his tactical nous has propelled the U-17 national team to one stage away from a historical World Cup qualification.

Hadijah Namuyanja (Lady Mourinho) together with Olive Mbekeka and goalkeeping coach James Magala will now take over the team’s sessions during Ayub’s absence.

It should be noted that Uganda will face Cameroon in the first leg of the final qualification round on 31st October in Kampala before a second leg two weeks later in Yaoundé.

The aggregate winners will automatically book a coveted berth in the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in India early next year.

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