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Ayub Khalifah having selection headache as U-17 Women team begins training

U-17 national team players during their training session at the FUFA technical center in Njeru on Sunday / FUFA Photo

The U-17 women’s national team head coach Ayub Khalifah is having selection headache as his team continue to prepare for the up-coming Council of South African Football Associations (COSAFA) U-17 women tournament in Mauritius.

The Crested Cranes kicked off their preparations for the tournament on Sunday evening, with a training session at the FUFA technical center in Njeru.

“We have started our training session today evening as we prepare for the coming U-17 women COSAFA tournament.” Ayub told after the first session.

A total of 30 players have been summoned to the team, but Khalifah expects to trim the team down to 20 players before they leave for Mauritius.

“All the thirty players have trained, but we expect to move with 20 players after playing two friendly game in the next coming days.” He added.

The team will undergo 10 days of intensive training at Njeru, with two yet to be named friendlies scheduled.

The first friendly will be played on Wednesday 11th, September, with the second friendly to be played four days later on Sunday 15th.

Uganda were invited as guests for the inaugural tournament in the U-17 category, and were drawn in group A, alongside hosts Mauritius, Zambia and the Seychelles.

According to the tournament regulations, players that qualify to participate in the championship must be 16 years and below (born on 1st January 2003 and below).

Provisional Squad

GOALKEEPERS: Nyayenga Daphine (Uganda Martrys), Nyamita Zulaika (Pride College), Namusisi Joan (Mukono High), Nasasira Gift (Gadafi Integrated) and Kamuli Cecila (King of Kings).

DEFENDERS: Akalinda Gilian (Olila High School), Kabarwani Cissy (King of Kings), Nangozi Maureen (Mukono High School), Lwetuso Regina (Taggy High School), Abba Immaculate (Gadafi Integrated), Atwiine Precious (Upper Hill College), and Namuddu Aisha (Sheema Girls).

MIDFIELDERS: Nakacwa Kevin (Uganda Martrys), Nakacwa Samali (Kawempe Muslim SS), Nyinagahirwa Shakira (Kawempe Muslim SS), Kunuhira Margret (Kawempe Muslim SS), Nyakato Ruth (King of Kings), Babirye Sarah (Kayindu SS), Abiyo Racheal (Olila High School), and Komuntale Sumayah (King of Kings).

FORWARDS: Nalukenge Juliet (Kawempe Muslim SS), Najjemba Fauzia (Mukono High), Nakiyingi Sophie (Gadafi Integrated), Nagadya Catherine (Katuuso Community SS), Nandede Zainah (Amus College), Namaganda Zaitun (Taggy High School), Nadunga Bira (Olila High School), Nandago Hadijah (Kawempe Muslim SS), Chandia Lillian (Alele SS) and Adokole Esther (Amus College).

Head Coach: Ayub Khalifa

Assistant Head Coach: Namuyanja Hadijah

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