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U-20 Women Hoping for Comeback Against Ghana As They Set Off for Accra

After their loss to Ghana, the girls under the stewardship of their head coach Ayubu Khalifa Kiyingi embarked on intense training to overturn the results and eliminate Ghana and qualify for the final round.
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The Under 20 National women team is positive about their return leg against Ghana under the FIFA world qualifiers slated for February 5th 2022 in Accra, Ghana.  

The girls fell to Ghana 2-1 in the first leg of the fourth-round encounter played at St. Mary’s stadium in Kitende on January 22nd, 2022. The loss reduced their hopes of qualifying for their maiden world cup tournament. 

After their loss to Ghana, the girls under the stewardship of their head coach Ayubu Khalifa Kiyingi embarked on intense training to overturn the results and eliminate Ghana and qualify for the final round. 

Our reporter visited their training camp at Mutesa II stadium in Wankulukuku. The team captain, Fauzia Najjemba said the team has gone through enough training making them ready for the return leg. She explained that they have tried to rectify some of the mistakes they made in the first leg and she is hoping for the best results.  

//Cue in: The other time …  

Cue out: … with a win,”//

The return of star striker, Juliet Nalukenge who plays for Chrysomolia FC in Cyprus has also boosted the team. Nalukenge missed the first leg after testing positive for COVID-19. According to Najjemba, the return of Nalukenge is a big boost to their striking line as they target getting more goals in Accra.  

//Cue in: okuja kwa Nalukenge …

   

Cue out: … striking yaffe,” //

The team head coach, Ayubu Khalifa Kiyingi has appreciated the attitude of his team in the last training session ahead of their return leg, adding that every player is showing resilience and confidence as they visit Ghana. 

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Cue out: .. we face Ghana"//

He explains that he has put a lot of focus on the striking line to enable his side to convert all the opportunities they get. Kiyingi says that his team has to score as many goals as they can if they are to overcome Ghana.

//Cue in: "My main area ..

Cue out: … get to the field,”// 

As the team prepares to depart to Accra on Thursday, Uganda will need to score two goals against without conceding, if they are to qualify for the final round. 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 rules of the qualifiers, the best two teams will book tickets to represent Africa in the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.  

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