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U17 Girls ready to give their best shot at World Cup qualifiers

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The national U17 team players in training at the FUFA technical centre in Njeru

FIFA U-17 Women World Cup Qualifiers

First Leg: 11th January 2020

Uganda vs Ethiopia, Lugogo

Uganda U17 Women’ National Team has continued with residential training ahead of their FIFA U-17 Women World Cup Qualifiers match at home against Ethiopia due January 11 at the StarTimes stadium, Lugogo.

The team started training on Saturday and according to team captain Juliet Nalukenge, the team is very grateful to FUFA for continuously opportunities to play and develop as a team.

Prior to their CECAFA glory, the team had previously participated and won the inaugural COSAFA U17 girls championship in Mauritius. “On behalf of my teammates I want to thank the federation for giving us yet another opportunity to take part in the FIFA U17 Women World Cup 2020 qualifiers. We can only give it our best shot. We are want to do our very best to qualify,” Nalukenge.

Uganda U-17 Girls team head coach Ayub Khalifa hugs Captain Juliet Nalukenge after the 2019 Cecafa U17 triumph

“Playing in the world cup qualifiers is a grand opportunity that is going to help us develop as a team and individually as players. We are looking forward to the experience which we believe will be a good one,” she added.

 Head coach Ayub Khalifa summoned a provisional squad of 30 players that entered camp at the FUFA technical center, Njeru on Friday. CECAFA Women U17 valuable player Fauzia Najjemba and Airtel FUFA Women Football of the year Nalukenge Juliet are part of the summoned squad.

Khalifa summoned two new faces that were not part of the CECAFA U17 challenge cup winning team including; striker Allen Nasaazi and teammate Kigongo Angella Auchi from St Noah. There other players were part of the team that lifted COSAFA U17 Women trophy in Mauritius and CECAFA U17 Women trophy in Njeru.

 “Being that they have been off, I expected their fitness levels to be a bit down and so in today’s session, we majorly focused on assessing and improving their fitness after which we did some ball works. I am pleased that they are not badly off. We are going to build on that in the following sessions,” Khalifa noted on Saturday after the first session in the morning before another in the evening.

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