Uganda U-20 National women team has been paired against
Botswana in the third round of the FIFA U-20
Women’s World Cup 2022 qualifiers.
Originally, Uganda was
supposed to battle South Africa which ejected Zimbabwe, however the entire draw
According to the pairings released yesterday by the
Confederation of African Football (CAF), Botswana will host the first leg
between December 2-4th.
To reach the third round, Uganda ejected Kenya 10-3 on
aggregate. In the first leg Uganda hammered Kenya 7-2 and later in the return
leg Uganda also defeated Kenya 3-1 in a match played at the St. Mary’s Stadium in Kitende.
The qualifiers that started last August with 40 teams
have now entered the third round with 16 teams. According to the qualifiers’
setting, the best two teams will book the tickets to represent Africa in the
FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.
Apparently several of U-20 women team players are already
training with the Crested Cranes that is preparing for the African Women Cup of
Nations qualifiers’ tie against Ethiopia. These include captain Fauzia Najjemba
and star striker Juliet Nalukenge among others .
Uganda U-20 women head coach Ayubu Khalifa Kiyingi told
Uganda Radio Network- URN that the latter draw is fair compared to South Africa
which they were supposed to play in the first place.
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Kiyingi added that he is happy that some of his
players were summoned to the Crested Cranes because he believes by the end of the
qualifiers they will be well prepared to face Botswana. “If they have started playing for the senior team, it
will shape them well," added the U-20 coach Kiyingi.