The Uganda U20 Women’s National Team is out of the 2024 World Cup Qualifiers after failing to overturn a 1-0 loss they suffered against Senegal in Dakar on November 11.
In the return leg played at the FUFA Technical Center, Njeru on Saturday, November 18, the Queen Cranes drew 1-1 with Senegal, promoting the Lionesses of Teranga to the next level with a 2-1 aggregate advantage.
Queen Cranes head coach Ayub Khalifa Kiyingi made just one change from the team that started last week away in Senegal, with Phiona Nabulime starting ahead of Kevin Nakacwa.
Uganda scored very early, leading by the fourth minute through captain Hadijah Nandago’s goal.
In the 25th minute, Chris Aissatou Ba, who got the only goal in Dakar once again scored as Senegal equalized, to go ahead again on aggregate.
Right at the start of the second half, Khalifa introduced striker Brenda Munyana to replace Phiona Nabulime as the search for another goal intensified, but didn’t pay off as the game still ended 1-1.
The result means Senegal now qualifies to the next and last round of qualification, where they’ll meet one of Ghana or Eswatini.
Then, the best four teams will have booked themselves slots to represent Africa at next year’s FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in Colombia.
Uganda had eliminated Mozambique 8-0 on aggregate to reach this level.
Uganda starting XI against Senegal; Sharon Kaidu (GK), Hadijah Nandago (C), Sharifah Nakimera, Harima Kanyago, Desire Katisi, Patricia Nanyanzi, Krusum Namutebi, Agnes Nabukenya, Phiona Nabulime, Catherine Nagadya, Margret Kunihira
Subs; Subs; Lilian Nakirya (GK), Brenda Munyana, Dorcus Kisakye, Hasifah Namboozo,, Shamusa Najjuma, Kamiyati Naigaga, Kevin Nakacwa