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Nalukenge Expresses Readiness For Cameroon Duel

Uganda training at Lugogo. Stephen Mayamba/FUFA media photo


Uganda Women Under-17 Captain Juliet Nalukenge says that they are in good shape as the team gears up to face their Cameroon counterparts.

Uganda will play host to Cameroon in the first of the two-legged fixture on October 31st, 2020 at Lugogo.

The return leg will be played in November (20-22), 2020 in Yaounde, with the winner on aggregate qualifying to the FIFA Under-17 Women World Cup in India next year.

“We are in good shape,” Nalukenge said on Sunday. “Our coaches have prepared us well and have given us the best.”

“We are well motivated, ready and focussed on winning the Cameroon game. We want to qualify for the World Cup.”

The team is under the stewardship of coaches Hadijja Namuyanja, Olive Mbekeka (fitness) and James Magala (goalkeeper) after head coach Ayub Khalifa Kiyingi testes positive for Covid19.

Nalukenge has scored five goals in this qualification campaign, joint leader alongside Aisha Masaka (Tanzania) and Ophella Amponsah (Ghana).

Margaret Kunihira and Fauzia Najjemba have scored two goals, while Grace Aluka and Catherine Nagadya have a goal each for the Cranes.

To reach this stage, Uganda eliminated Ethiopia 5-1 on aggregate before beating Tanzania (6-1).

Cameroon on the other hand eased past Sao Tome and Principe 10-0 on aggregate after receiving a bye on the preliminary round.

Africa will have three teams qualify from this tournament, with Ghana Vs Nigeria, and South Africa Vs Morocco the other teams seeking to fill the slots.

The World Cup tournament was originally scheduled to be held between 2 and 21 November 2020 as the 2020 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, rescheduled the tourney between 17 February – 7 March 2021, subject to further monitoring.


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