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CECAFA U20 Women’s Cup: Najjemba Optimistic of Securing the Trophy for Uganda

Uganda's U-20 Women's team captain, Fauzia Najjemba alongside the team's head coach, Ayub Khalifa addressing journalists.

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The captain of Uganda’s side, Fauzia Najjemba says that, her team has prepared enough to win this year’s CECAFA U20 Women’s championship. 

Speaking to journalists after finalizing the day's training at the Njeru based FUFA technical center on Monday, Najjemba says that, they have gone through intensive recovery trainings and in turn acquired all the necessary drills that will enable them to win their final game of the tournament.

Uganda faces off with Ethiopia in a decisive game this Tuesday afternoon. Both teams have 12 points, but Uganda stands ahead of Ethiopia with a six-goal difference. 

The current tournament statistics favor Uganda’s chances of winning the trophy with a draw however, a defeat from Ethiopia completely shatters their dreams of earning the CECAFA U20 Women’s championship crown. 

Najjemba predicts a hard game for her side as they steer up against Ethiopia, an equally talented team in the tournament. However, she is counting on the individual players’ ability to consistently abide with their agreed style of play, which will enable them to outsmart their competitors.

Najjemba who currently boasts of 10 goals to her name within this tournament says that she aims at exhibiting excellent skills and teamwork spirit, which will enable them to professionalize their footballing careers at both the national team's and the different platforms available.

//cue in: “as a captain…"//

Cue out…very, very hard. //

Meanwhile Uganda's head coach, Ayub Khalifa says that Ethiopian players have a tendency of containing the ball within their opponents’ area however, the girls have mastered their style of play and they are ready to outcompete them during tomorrow’s encounter. 

“Ethiopians are very comfortable with the ball, a system we are much aware about however, our game plan is not to allow them to play the ball,” he says.   

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