Saturday, September 25
*Kenya U20 Vs Uganda U20
Uganda and Kenya meet this Saturday at Nyayo National Stadium in the second round of the 2022 African U-20 Women’s World Cup Qualifying Tournament.
The game at Nyayo, is the first leg, with Uganda set to host the return leg on October 8, 2021 in Kampala.
This is a qualification pathway for the 10th edition of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup that will be hosted from August 10 to August 28 next year in Costa Rica.
If Uganda negotiates past Kenya over two legs, they will face winner between Mozambique and South Africa – The later lead the tie having won 1-0 away in Matola thanks to Zethembiso Vilakazi’s lone goal in the 36th minute.
Africa has only two tickets for the World Cup next year – Meaning that after the current second round, there are more rounds up to fifth to determine the only two nations to represent the continent next year.
Uganda Fancies Chances Against Kenya
Uganda U20 Women National Team will feel that they have the ability to knockout Kenya’s Rising Starlets.
The Uganda squad was announced on September 2 2021 when Ayub Khalifa Kiyingi was named the coach to replace Oliver Mbekeka who was retained on the technical bench.
The team entered residential camp at FUFA Technical Centre, Njeru on Tuesday, 7th September 2021.
They have had three practice matches with the senior team (Uganda Crested Cranes) – Winning 4-0 and losing the other two games.
The team comprises of mainly the Uganda U17 squad that registered enormous success in the year 2019 under coach Ayub Khalifa.
Then, they won the Cosafa U17 championship when they beat South Africa 2-1 thanks to a goal each from Juliet Nalukenge and Fauziah Najjemba.
Three month later, the girls won the inaugural Cecafa U17 championship where they beat Kenya in the last game at Njeru 2-0 with Najjemba and Nalukenge on target.
Nalukenge was the MVP while Daphine Nyayenge was named the best goalkeeper. Both, just like most of the players then, are on this U20 team.
Its this cohesion and chemistry that this team has built for years that will help Uganda overcome Kenya.
What they said:
Kenya Rising Starlets head coach Charles Okere – “We are determined to get a positive result that will take us a step closer to our dream of featuring in the 2022 FIFA U20 Women World Cup. This level is crucial for us because we get to train and nurture the next generation of players that will transit to the Senior Starlets.”
Uganda U20 Women Head coach Ayub Khalifa – “We have had our final touches and we are ready for the game.”
Uganda U20 Women Captain Fauziah Najjemba – “We are hopeful for the victory, we are well prepared and we are hoping for the win.”
Uganda Women U20 Squad:
Daphine Nyayenga (Lady Doves FC), Joan Namusisi (Kampala Queens FC)
Sumayah Komuntale (Tooro Queens FC), Grace Aluka (Olila High School FC), Biira Nadunga (Olila High School FC), Samalie Nakacwa (Kawempe Muslim FC), Halima Kanyago (Lady Doves FC), Aisha Nantongo (Kawempe Muslim Ladies)
Shamirah Nalugya (Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC), Shakirah Nyinagahirwa (Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC), Zaina Nandede (Kataka SHE FC), Catherine Nagadya (Uganda Martyrs High School), Margaret Kunihira (Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC), Kevin Nakacwa (Uganda Martyrs High School FC), Zaituni Namaganda (Taggy High School FC)
Fauzia Najjemba (Kampala Queens), Hadijah Nandago (Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC), Juliet Nalukenge(Apollon Ladies FC), Joweria Nagadya (Lady Doves FC), Eva Naggayi (Rines SS WFC)