FIFA U-17 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS: Uganda eager to make home advantage count in first leg

ELIAS KAYONDO

Uganda will be hoping for a positive start of the U-17 women’s world cup qualifiers challenge when they host Ethiopia in the first leg of a two legged fixture.

Given their successful expeditions at both COSAFA U-17 girls’ tournament in Mauritius and the CECAFA U-17 girls’ tournament at home where they emerged winners on both occasions, the Ayub Khalifa Kiyingi coached side hopes for a positive start and the coach is confident it is an achievable task.

“We are set and very ready for the game. Our target is not just to win but with many goals”. Said Kiyingi as quoted by the FUFA official website.

Skipper Juliet Nalukenge and Fauzia Najjemba will be looked at to stir Ugandans to victory.

Nalukenge is not only the team skipper but was also the top scorer at the COSAFA tournament in Mauritius last year and Uganda’s female player of the year 2019.

Najjemba on the other hand was voted the Most Valuable Player at the recently concluded. CECAFA tournament in Uganda.

Ethiopia has for long been a force to reckon with in as far as women football is concerned on the African continent but little is known about this young team.

The horn of Africa nation also declined to turn up for the CECAFA tournament where the inaugural Women’s U-17 competition was organised.

The return fixture of this game will be played in Addis Ababa – Ethiopia on 26th, January,2020.

The aggregate winner will face the winner between Tanzania and Burundi in the next qualifying round.

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