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Khalifah calls for increased federation backing as COSAFA heroes return

Ayub Khalifah and U-17 skipper Juliet Nalukenge upon arrival at the Entebbe airport | FUFA media

The Uganda U-17 women national team coach Ayub Khalifah has called on the Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) to make sure they continue with development programs to help the current U-17 team progress onto the U-20 level and beyond.

Khalifah was speaking upon heroic return of the Uganda U-17 women team that emerged champions of the inaugural U-17 COSAFA Women championship in Mauritius.

“If we want to be better than where we stand currently, the Federation has to keep their feet on the accelerator to ensure player growth from the age of 16 through to 20 years,” Khalifah told media upon his team’s return.

In between that age bracket, many players get lost somewhere because they don’t have any sufficient competitive football. If FUFA maintains this, I predict that in two to three years we will be a power horse in women football.” He added.

Uganda won the championship after a hard-fought 2-1 win over South Africa.

Khalifah went on to sing praises to the players who played their hearts out as they managed to deliver on their pre-tournament promise.

“I thank my players who have played their hearts out, I think that’s what made us better than any other team in the championship,”

“We played the best teams, yes we drew against Zambia in our first game but South Africa was a the most difficult game for us.” He continued.

Uganda played Five games winning four. They scored a total of 46 goals with skipper Juliet Nalukenge winning the top scorer accolade of the tournament with 18 goals.

Fauzia Najjemba was the second highest top scorer with 13 goals on top of picking up a player of the match accolade with Margaret Kunihira also awarded the same accolade at the championship.

Uganda Marty’s shot stopper Daphine Nyayenga was voted the best goal keeper of the tournament after conceding two goals from five matches.

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