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U20 Women’s World Cup Qualifiers: Uganda target a winning first leg against South Africa FIFA U20

Sinan RAJUB SENOGA 

Women’s World Cup Qualifiers
Round 3, first leg
Uganda vs South Africa
St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende
3:00pm

Uganda’s U20 Women’s side will be aiming for a comfortable win over their South African opponents when both sides face off in the first leg of the Round 3 of the World Cup Qualifiers at Kitende.

Uganda come in this fixture on the back of a disappointing CECAFA U20 tournament that saw them lose 3-2 to Ethiopia in the final game despite leading the encounter 2-0 at the halftime break.

The Ayub Khalifa coached side has had enough preparations for this duel through holding a number of practice matches against a host of FUFA Women Super League clubs.

The preparations have been marred by injury concerns about a number of players like Shamira Nalugya who has since then been ruled out of the game by a shoulder injury.

Margaret Kunihira and skipper Fauzia Najjemba together with Summayya Komuntale are other players who have had minor concerns but are declared fit for the encounter.

Khalifa has also been boosted by the return of star striker Juliet Nalukenge who missed the CECAFA tournament as well as exciting winger Lillian Mutuuzo.

Due to Nalugya’s injury, Khalifa is expected to field Aisha Nantongo in midfield alongside Shakira Nyinagahirwa and Hadija Nandago.

The rest of the players who played against Kenya in the previous round are expected to be maintained with the addition of Asia Nakibuuka in central defense.

Uganda beat Kenya 10-3 over the two legs to qualify for this stage while South Africa edged Mozambique 4-2 (1-0 and 3-2) in the previous round.

The aggregate winners of this encounter will face either Ghana or Zambia in the fourth round.

Africa will be represented by only two nations in the 2022 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup to be held in Costa Rica.

Uganda’s Probable Line Up; Daphine Nyayenga (GK), Samalie Nakacwa, Summayya Komuntale, Asia Nakibuuka, Bira Naddunga, Shakira Nyinagahirwa, Aisha Nantongo, Hadija Nandago, Juliet Nalukenge, Margaret Kunihira, Fauzia Najjemba

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