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Lady Doves acquire Kawempe’s Ayub Khalifa ahead of Champions League Qualifiers

SINAN RAJUB SENOGA

Lady Doves have added national U-17 team coach Ayub Khalifa Kiyingi to their technical department ahead of the upcoming CECAFA Women’s Champions League qualifiers to be held between 28th August to 9th September in Kenya.

The legendary coach is one of the three new additions in the club’s technical team and will serve on a temporary basis until the end of the Women’s Champions League campaign.

Other additions are Proline FC’s goalkeeping coach Byuma Muwadda and Uganda Martyrs coach Rogers Nkugwa who has been dubbed as a match analyst.

Ayub is by far the most respected coach in Uganda’s women football because of his technical nous and the fact that he has guided Kawempe Muslim to numerous championships at school and club level in the past 20 years.

He is also expected to instil confidence into the players who will be playing on arguably the highest stage of their career.

Lady Doves earlier on added four new players into their squad on loan from Uganda Martyrs. That is goalkeeper Daphine Nyayenga, defender Gloria Namugerwa, midfielder Halima Kanyango and forward Spencer Nakachwa.

The team has been training in a residential camp at Uganda Martyrs High School in Rubaga and is expected to travel to Kenya on Monday unless otherwise.

It is now confirmed that the Masindi based club will be in Group A of the qualification tournament alongside Djibouti’s FAD FC, Burundi’s PVP FC Buyenzi and Tanzanian champions Simba Queens.

The opening match of the competition will be between Lady Doves and FAD FC on August 28th at the Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi, Kenya.

Group B has Kenya’s Vihiga Queens FC Commercial Bank of Ethiopia, Yei Joint Stars (South Sudan) and New Generations (Zanzibar).

The group matches will end on September 3rd with the best two teams in each group proceeding to the semi finals which will be played on September 6th.

The eventual winner from the CECAFA qualifiers will join the other seven other clubs to battle in the 2021 TotalEnergies Women’s Champions League to be held in Egypt.

Group A: Lady Dove FC (Uganda), PVP FC (Burundi), Simba Queens (Tanzania), FAD FC (Djibouti)

Group B: Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (Ethiopia), Yei Joint Stars (South Sudan), Vihiga Queens (Kenya)

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