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COSAFA U17: Guests Uganda Seek To Leave Mark On Inaugural Tourney

Friday, September 20
(U17 teams)
*Zambia Vs Uganda
*Mauritius Vs Comoros

Guests Uganda will be targeting a perfect start as the inaugural edition of the CISAFA U17 girls championship gets underway in Louis, Mauritius.

The eight-team championship has been grouped into two pools with the top two in each group advancing to the semis.

Uganda, coached by Ayub Khalifa are pitted in group A alongside hosts Mauritius, Zambia and Comoros for a tourney that scheduled on September 20-29.

The girls taken into drills at Njeru. FUFA

Uganda will bank on the experience of captain Juliet Nalukenge and Mukono High’s Fauziah Najjemba for goals.

“The team is in good shape and ready for the first game,” said Ayub. “The response is very positive and the girls are ready for the battle ahead.”

After Zambia at Francois Xavier Stadium, Uganda will face Mauritius (September 22) and Comoros (September 24).

Uganda who camped at FUFA Technical centre in Njeru in preparation for the tourney, will be targeting to repeat the heroics of fellow East Africa nation Tanzania who won the 2019 COSAFA Women’s U20 championship in South Africa recently as a guest.

Uganda coach Ayub Khalifa

Zambia’s young Shepolopolo ladies coach Kangwa Kaluba has claimed that his target is to prepare a team that will compete at the 2023 Women’s World Cup.

“What is important is that we have to understand that the U17’s are a developmental process,” Kaluba told the Cosafa website.

“Whatever the outcomes are going to be, we must appreciate the fact we have got a group of young girls that are going to represent us well.

“Our key focus is on the four-year project that we have developed with the technical directorate. We are focusing on playing the Women’s World Cup with these girls in 2023.”

The Young Crested Cranes team. FUFA

Uganda’s players:

Goalkeepers: Daphine Nyayenga (Uganda Martyrs HS), Joan Namusisi (Mukono HS), and Gift Nasasira (Gadafi Integrated)

Defenders: Gillian Akadinda (Olila HS), Patricia Akiror (Masaka SS), Stella Musibika (Kawempe Muslim SS), Precious Atwine (Up Hill College), Bira Nadunga (Olila HS), and Cissy Kabarwani (King of Kings).

Midfielders: Kevin Nakacwa (Uganda Martyrs), Samali Nakacwa (Kawempe Muslim SS), Zaitun Namaganda (Taggy HS), Maureen Nangonzi (Mukono HS), Sumayah Komuntale (King of Kings), Margret Kunihira (Kawempe Muslim SS).

Forwards: Shakira Nyinagahirwa (Kawempe Muslim SS), Juliet Nalukenge (Captain – Kawempe MuslimSS), Fauzia Najjemba (Mukono HS), Catherine Nagadya (Katuuso Community SS) and Hadijah Nandago (Kawempe Muslim SS).

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