The Uganda women Under 20 Head Coach, Ayub Khalifa Kiyingi is impressed with the response of his team for the last four days they have spent under intense preparations at the MTN Omondi stadium in Lugogo.
The team entered residential camp on January 4th, 2022 at Cranes Paradise Hotel in Kisaasi to prepare for their forthcoming world cup qualifying tie against Ghana.
The female junior team will host Ghana on January 22nd, 2022 at St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende in their first leg of the fourth round of the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup Qualifiers and face off two weeks later in the return leg.
Kiyingi says that the team has enjoyed the days they have so far spent in the camp and applauded the girls for the good response they have exhibited so far.
The team captain, Fauzia Najjemba, says that her fellow players are highly motivated ahead of their encounter against Ghana, adding that the coaches are helping them to improve their quality every day they spend in camp.
Midfielder Shamirah Nalugya, who just returned to the Uganda U20 Women’s National Team, said that she is excited about her return to the squad and hopes to help her side as they build up to face a tough contest against Ghana.
Nalugya was ruled out of the team’s last doubleheader against South Africa after sustaining a shoulder injury.
Uganda will be hoping to eliminate Ghana as they look forward to reaching the final round of the qualifiers. To reach the fourth round, Uganda eliminated Giants South Africa on an aggregate of 1-0.
Uganda defeated South Africa in the first leg at St Mary’s Stadium in Kitende before the two teams played a goalless draw in the return leg to help Uganda qualify. The qualifiers that started last August with 40 teams are now in the fourth round with 8 teams.
According to the qualifiers’ setting, the best two teams will book tickets to represent Africa in the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup