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Ayub Khalifa Unconvinced Despite U20 Win Over Crested Cranes

Uganda U20 Women’s National Team head coach Ayub Khalifa Kiyingi says he is not yet convinced despite the victory against Crested Cranes team.

He made the remarks following his side’s 4-0 victory against the Crested Cranes Team in a practice game on Friday evening.

This was the second practice match between the two sides at the Fufa Technical centre in Njeru. The first came on Tuesday this week with Crested Cranes winning 1-0.

The U20 Women National Team is in preparations for the forthcoming encounter against Kenya of the 2022 FIFA U20 Women’s world Cup Qualifier slated for this month.

Speaking after the game, Kiyingi first admited that his players played well, compared to their previous game.

“They played a good game. The only difference from this game and the other game is that this time they were seeing where the net was,” he said.

The Uganda U20 Women national team in celebration. FUFA photo

A hat-trick from Skipper Fauzia Najjemba and one goal from midfielder Shamirah Nalugya ensured what was a convincing victory for the U20 Women’s National Team.

However, despite the high scoring return on the day, Kiyingi was left unconvinced due to the fact that the biggest contribution was from a single player.

“We have scored the four goals but am still thinking why all the three are going to one side, we need to balance. I don’t want to see only one person scoring that’s when I will say we are perfect, I have got a team that is going to score goals.I need to continue working on the scoring, Kiyingi stated.

After the1-0 loss in their first practice match, Kiyingi’s charges turned out to be the best team in their second friendly.

Fauziah Najjemba (right, standing). FUFA photo

Kiyingi says they still need to sharpen on their striking force.

“I think the Striking Line there is something lacking. We still depend on one person to make the runs, I tried it in the second half where I changed to see whether another person can do the same but it didn’t work out, meaning I have go back and think about it.”

The two teams will face off in the third practice game on Monday next week.

Uganda will face Kenya in the first round of the 2022 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup with fixtures scheduled for 23rd -25th September 2021 (First leg) and 7th-9th October 2021 (Second Leg) in Kampala.


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