The FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo has hailed the Uganda national U17 Girls team for emerging champions of the inaugural Cecafa U17 championship that climaxed on Tuesday at the FUFA Technical center, Njeru.
Uganda beat Kenya 2-0 in their final game of this six-team tournament that as played on a round robin format.
Uganda under Coach Ayub Khalifah finished top of the table with 13 points with close rivals Tanzania coming second on 11 points.
FUFA hosted the team on a luncheon on Wednesday with the President and his deputies in attendance amog other top FUFA officials. Magogo hailed the players for the achievement and reiterated the Federation’s commitment to enter women teams International engagements.
“In 2013, we were forced to withdraw the national team from further participation in the world cup qualifiers after beating South Sudan 22-0 because we realized it would be a waste of money to spend on the national team that had no proper foundation. This is from where we planned on starting the National league and also the regional leagues which is now enabling many female players with chance to play,” Magogo noted before cautioning players against any forms of indiscipline that may hinder their careers. “For anyone to excel, they must have talent, love what they are doing, work hard and also be disciplined. There are many people out there who are ready to confuse you; so please be warned and only keep focused to hard work. Always give your best and the results will follow you,” he advised. The President also congratulated the newly crowned Airtel-FUFA female player of the year and team captain Juliet Nalukenge for the achievement as well as CECAFA best goalkeeper Daphine Nyayenga and Most valuable player (MVP) Fauzia Najjemba. The Federation extended $200 to each of the winning players in appreciation for the job well done.