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U-20 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP : Mbekeka names provisional squad for Tanzania encounter

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U-20 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP : Mbekeka names provisional squad for Tanzania encounter

SINAN RAJUB SENOGA

Oliver Mbekeka has named a 30-player provisional squad for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup qualifier against neighbors Tanzania slated for 19th January.

The team will officially enter residential camp at the FUFA Technical Center in Njeru on Thursday 9th.

The core of the squad is made by players who have had quality time with the Senior team The Crested Cranes.

Among these are Shadia Nankya, Aisha Namukisa, Phiona Nabbumba, Zaina Namuleme, Shakira Mutibwa, Alupo Norah, Favour Nambatya and the ever exciting winger Lillian Mutuuzo.

Five of the 30 players are also part of the U-17 team that is in preparations for a qualifier against Ethiopia. These are Juliet Nalukenge, Fauzia Najjemba, Margret Kunihira, Stella Musibika and goalkeeper Daphine Nyayenga.

Kawempe Muslim is the most well represented entity with a total of 11 players summoned. That is Nalukenge, Musibika, Kunihira, Juliet Adeke, Asia Nakibuuka, Anita Namata, Sharon Naddunga, Shamira Nalugya, Aisha Nantongo, Grace Aluka and their captain Mariam Nakabugo.

This will be the third time the U-20 team will be taking part in the World Cup qualification following unsuccess tries in 2009 and most recently 2013.

The aggregate winner between Uganda and Tanzania will face Senegal or Sierra Leone in the next round slated for March.

The final tournament will be held in Panama and Costa in August this year whereby two nations will successfully represent the African continent.

The FULL SQUAD
Goalkeepers;
Daphine Nyayenga (Uganda Martyrs HS), Juliet Adeke (Kawempe Muslim LFC), Else Najjemba (St. Noa SS), Zaharah Nankya (Makerere University WFC).

Defenders;
Shadia Nankya (UCU Lady Cardinals), Stella Musibika (Kawempe Muslim LFC), Asia Nakibuuka (Kawempe Muslim LFC), Mariam Nakabugo (Kawempe Muslim LFC), Fatuma Nakasumba (Kampala Queens FC), Grace Aluka (Kawempe Muslim LFC), Eunice Ariokot (Olila HS WFC) and Aisha Namukisa (Kampala Queens FC).

Midfielders;
Phiona Nabbumba (She Corporates FC), Teddy Najjuma (UCU Lady Cardinals), Sharon Naddunga (Kawempe Muslim LFC), Shamirah Nalugya (Kawempe Muslim LFC), Zaina Namuleme (Kampala Queens FC), Aisha Nantongo (St. Noa SS), Anita Namata (Kawempe Muslim LFC), Elizabeth Nakigozi (Muteesa I Royal Univ.), Moureen Afoyo (Ajax Queens FC), Shakira Mutiibwa (Asubo Gafford Ladies FC), and Joan Nabirye (Asubo Gafford Ladies FC).

Forwards;
Fauzia Najjemba (Kampala Queens FC), Norah Alupo (Saviors FC), Juliet Nalukenge (Kawempe Muslim LFC), Lillian Mutuuzo (Kampala Queens FC), Margret Kunihira (Kawempe Muslim LFC) and Favour Nambatya (She Corporates FC)

Technical Team
Head Coach : Oliver Mbekeka
Assistant Coach : Christine Wanyana
Goalkeepers coach : Ibrahim Mugisha
Team Coordinator : Paul Mukatabala
Team Doctor : Marble Kabatalindwa
Kits manager : Prossy Nalwadda

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