Since eliminating south Africa in December last year, the Uganda U20 national women football team has on Thursday conducted their first training at Lugogo ahead of their World Cup Penultinate round of qualifiers first leg tie against Ghana.

Uganda hosts the West African side on 22nd this month at St Mary’s KITENDE before the return leg two weeks later.

Coach Ayub Khalifa is contented with players health and turn up though concerned with their low fitness level.

Khalifa also stated that everything will be worked on before the time of the game.

“We have started well our first training in preparation for Ghana we expect to play on 22nd, all players have come back well and health,” Khalifa said.

“However the fitness levels are not that good but with the time we have, we are going to try tackling each and everything to see that by the time we play Ghana we will be in position to get the results we want.”

Left back Winnie Nakanwagi, who also plays for Uganda martyrs high school women team lubaga in Women Super League, is part of the squad.

Nakanwagi couldn’t hide her excitement for her first call up on the team and she pledged to give in all her best in the name of adding something special to the team to see that they progress to the next level.

“I feel so happy for having been called up on U20 national team because it has not been an easy task and am willing to give out my best to the team to see that we succeed,” said Nakanwagi.

“My first training was not bad and all players are friendly.”

Uganda earlier eliminated neighbors Kenya on 10-3 on aggregate after two legs before ejecting South Africa with 1-0 victory over two legs.

The winner after two legs will then face either Tanzania or Ethiopia in the final bend where the eventual winner will be one of the only two African teams to book a ticket to final tournament in Costa Rica in August 2022.

Provisional Squad

Goalkeepers
Daphine Nyayenga (Lady Doves FC), Joan Namusisi (Kampala Queens FC), Diana Natukunda (Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC), Saida Namwanje (Luweero Giant Queens FC.

Defenders
Sumayah Komuntale (Tooro Queens FC), , Grace Aluka (Olila High School FC), Winnie Nakanwagi (Uganda Martyrs High School FC), Biira Nadunga (Olila High School FC), Samalie Nakacwa (Kawempe Muslim FC), Harima Kanyago (Lady Doves FC), Aisha Nantongo (Kawempe Muslim Ladies), Asia Nakibuuka (Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC).

Midfielders
Shamirah Nalugya (Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC), Shakirah Nyinagahirwa (Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC), Phiona Nabulime (Devine Soccer Academy), Catherine Nagadya (Uganda Martyrs High School), Margaret Kunihira (Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC), Kevin Nakacwa (Uganda Martyrs High School FC), Zaituni Namaganda (Taggy High School FC), Eva Naggayi (Rines SS WFC).

Forwards
Fauzia Najjemba (Kampala Queens), Hadijah Nandago (Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC), Juliet Nalukenge (Chrysomolia FC), Joweria Nagadya (Lady Doves FC), Kamuyati Naigaga (Taggy High School), Ronah Regina Nantege (She Corporate FC), Zaina Nandede (Kataka SHE FC), Lilian Mutuuzo (Kampala Queens FC)


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