Women U20 World Cup Qualifiers: Uganda Out to Stun Ghana

Saturday, February 5
•Ghana Vs Uganda – 6pm (EAT)

Uganda will look to overturn a first leg deficit against Ghana when they face off in the return leg of the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup Qualifiers at the Cape Coast stadium in Ghana.

It’s a huge mountain to climb for Uganda whose journey in the competition all but ended when they lost 2-1 in the first leg at Kitende two weeks ago.

Uganda will have to win 2-0 or clinch a 2-1 win and force extra-time.

Uganda Coach Ayub Khalifa says that his team is ready for the task: “We are ready and the players are physically and mentally okay. We have tried to motivate them in the last few days and also worked on the mistakes committed in the first leg.”

“We made analysis of the first game and knew where we went wrong. Those are the areas we have put emphasis in trying and I’m confident we can get a good result to send us to the next level.”

Fauziah Najjemba and coach Ayub Khalifa. (photo by Lilian Nakitende)

Fauziah Najjemba scored from the spot to halve the deficit after Ghana had taken the lead through Salamatu Abdulai and Grace Aminah at Kitende.

Uganda are boosted by the return of striker Juliet Nalukenge who missed the first leg at Kitende.

To reach this stage, Uganda eliminated Kenya and South Africa but are facing a daunting task against Ghana who has qualified for the last five FIFA U20 Women World Cups.

Ghana coach Ben Furkuo said: “We have been preparing hard since we came to Cape Coast. We had a training match against Combined Forces and you can clearly tell that the girls are ready for the task ahead.”

“We missed our skipper, Evelyn Badu in the first leg but she is back for the return fixture. The team is poised for action and I believe in them to get all maximum points.”

Ghana Women U20 team at Kitende. GFA

Winner over two legs will meet Ethiopia who eliminated Tanzania 2-1 on aggregate.

To reach this stage, Ghana eliminated Mauritania (walkover) and Zambia and will be fancied to qualify for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica due August 2022.



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