Head Coach Ayubu Khalifa Kiyingi, who took over the role in June 2023, is working diligently to showcase his coaching abilities to the officials at the local soccer governing body's headquarters in Mengo.
As preparations for the 2024 World Cup qualifiers intensify,
Uganda's U-20 women's national team, the Queen Cranes, is placing a strong
emphasis on building their play from the back and effectively connecting with
The Queen Cranes, who earned a bye in the first round of
qualifiers are scheduled to face Mozambique in the second qualifying phase.
The campaign begins with an away match in Mozambique on October 7, 2023, at
Campo da ABB-Matola stadium for the first leg, followed by a home match on October
13, 2023, at FUFA Technical Centre, Njeru, for the return leg.
Head Coach Ayubu Khalifa Kiyingi, who took over the role in June
2023, is working diligently to showcase his coaching abilities to the officials
at the local soccer governing body's headquarters in Mengo.
the U-20 team accelerated after the senior national team, the Crested Cranes,
were eliminated from the Women's Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers by Algeria.
Khalifa, who had temporarily overseen the Crested Cranes due to the
absence of a head coach returned to Njeru with a new group of U-20 players to
intensify preparations for the World Cup qualifiers, with the team training
diligently for the past week.
After Sunday's training session, Coach Kiyingi emphasized the
importance of improving departmental connections within the team. Specifically,
they are working on the backline's connection with the midfield to create more
scoring opportunities for the strikers. Additionally, the coaching staff is
conducting drills to enhance the strikers' scoring rate, a crucial aspect in
competing against other African powerhouses.
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The winner on aggregate between Uganda and Mozambique after the
two legs will advance to face either Senegal or Benin in the third round in
November. The qualification process stipulates that the top two teams after the
third and fourth rounds will secure tickets to represent Africa in the FIFA
U-20 Women's World Cup.
In the previous edition of the qualifiers, Uganda was eliminated
by Ghana in the third round with a 7-1 aggregate score after two legs. Uganda
lost 2-1 at St Mary’s Stadium in Kitende and was defeated 5-0 at the Cape Coast
Stadium a week later.