Uganda U20 women’s national team coach Ayub Khalifa remains hopeful that his side will overturn the deficit after a 2-1 loss to Ghana.
Uganda succumbed to a 2-1 defeat against Ghana in a game played at the St Mary’s stadium in Kitende on Saturday 22nd January in the first leg of the U20 Women’s World Cup qualifiers.
The Second leg will be played in two weeks from now away in Ghana and the Uganda U20 coach Khalifa has got a lot of confidence in his girls to stage a comeback as they eye the last qualifying round.
“Ghana came here and managed to collect a 2-1 win, we can also do the same and win 2-0 in the return leg. It’s not yet over until the second leg is over,” Said coach Khalifa.
Defensive mistakes and errors from the referees were a huge difference as Uganda conceded the two goals on the day.
“It’s really very unfortunately that we lost at home something we did not expect, because when you look at the goals especially the first goal was a mistake from a defender but the second goal I blame nobody.
“The referee awarded a freekick from nowhere but I will talk on my side because we failed to use the chances we got in the early minutes of the game. If we would have scored those opportunities we created, would have been a better side on the day.”
The Ghanian coach Fokuo Sait they have to return home and prepare better for team Uganda as it’s not yet over after a slim away win.
“I am happy that we picked a win away from home. Now we need to go back and prepare well for the return leg,” said Ghana’s coach Forkuo
The winner from both ties will face Tanzania or Ethiopia in the last qualifying round of the world cup qualifiers.