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Whereas his team lost 1-0 to the Crested Cranes on Tuesday, Kiyingi is contented with the performance of the players. “It was a very good performance. There were some impressive results although we lost 1-0 I was comfortable with the way the players expressed themselves,” he stated.
U women team training with coach kiyingi in Njeru

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The U-20 Women National Football has stepped preparations ahead of their maiden U-20 Women world cup qualifiers first leg against Kenya scheduled for between September 23rd – 25th in the Capital of Nairobi. The team comprising 30 players entered residential training at the FUFA Technical centre in Njeru on 8th September.  

The training was expected to boost the fitness levels of the young players who have spent a lot of time without active football courtesy of the COVID-19 restrictions. The team, which is under the stewardship of the new head coach, Ayub Khalifah Kiyingi played a buildup game on Tuesday with the senior women team, the Crested Cranes and lost 1-0. The Crested Cranes is also preparing for the COSAFA Championship.

Whereas his team lost 1-0 to the Crested Cranes on Tuesday, Kiyingi is contented with the performance of the players. “It was a very good performance. There were some impressive results although we lost 1-0 I was comfortable with the way the players expressed themselves,” he stated.  

Adding that, “there is a lot of improvement when you look at the way these girls came…. They were in a bad shape”.  Kiyingi however, expressed some concerns with the effectiveness of the strikers after failing to convert any of the chances they got in the build-up game.  

“The only thing we need to work on is the finishing side. It is a bit tricky in that I need to identify the individuals that are a bit sharper and more clinical in the box. I have tried about three or four but I have to go back to the drawing board and pick amongst the players I have to find the best,” Kiyingi said. 

Midfielder Nicole Onabikoa, says that she is excited by the National team call up and believes the team is hardworking.  

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Kiyingi took over as head coach of the U-20 women team a few days before the team started preparations. He earned a promotion from the U17 Women’s National Team replacing Oliver Mbekeka but the latter was also maintained on the technical team, serving as Assistant Coach. 

The two tacticians will need to work hard to raise the fitness levels of their players.

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