CECAFA U17 Girls Cup
Uganda vs Burundi @4pm
FUFA Technical Center, Njeru
Monday, 09-12-2019 @4pm
NJERU – The Uganda U17 Girls National team is ‘ready’ to try and topple Burundi in their opening game of the CECAFA U17 Girls Cup.
The two sides will face off in one of the three games lined up on the opening day.
Speaking ahead of the game, Uganda’s heady coach Ayub Khalifa says his team is ready to win the opening game and represent the country well.
“The team is very ready for tomorrow’s game, noted Khalifah in Sunday’s press conference.
“My players are very determined to win the game. It is the first of its kind but I promise Ugandans that we shall fight tooth and nail to represent the country well.
“We urge fans to turn up in big numbers to support out girls as we try to lift the title.”
Before Sunday’s press conference, Khalifah and his technical team announced Uganda’s final 20-Girls squad for the tournament.
Khalifa selected and released the list from the 29 players who have been undergoing residential training in Njeru, after two crucial final training sessions on Saturday afternoon and Friday evening.
The team is largely made up of players who won the COSAFA championship in Mauritius this year where they featured as guests, but Khalifa has three faces of Uganda Martyrs defender Gloria Namugerwa, Amus College pair of striker Zaina Nandede and midfielder Esther Adokole.
Uganda’s game against Burundi is the third lined up for the day with Tanzania opening against Eritrea in the first game at 11:00am while Djibouti takes on Kenya in the second game at 1:30pm.
The tournament that has attracted six teams will be played on a round-robin with the top team with most points collected after five matches declared the winner.
Meanwhile, the teams that will take part in the event have already got chance to feel the turn in Njeru.
Tanzania, Djibouti and Eritrea have all successfully conducted their training sessions on Sunday morning while Kenya and Uganda later in the day.
Uganda’s 20-Girls squad for the tournament
Daphine Nyayenga (Uganda Martyrs HS), Joan Namusisi (Mukono HS) and Nasasira Gift (Gadafi Integrated HS), Stella Musibika (Kawempe Muslim), Patricia Akiror (Masaka SS), Gillian Akadinda (Olila HS), Samalie Nakacwa (Kawempe Muslim), Shakira Nyinagahirwa (Kawempe Muslim), Kevin Nakacwa (Uganda Martyrs HS), Moureen Nangozi (Mukono HS), Bira Nadunga (Olila HS), Summaya Komuntale (King of Kings), Hadijah Nandago (Kawempe Muslim SS), Catherine Nagadya (Uganda Martyrs), Esther Adokole (Amus College), Zaina Nandede (Amus College), Gloria Namugerwa (Uganda Martyrs), Margret Kunihira (Kawempe Moslem), Juliet Nalukenge (Kawempe Moslem) and Fauzia Najjemba (Mukono High School).