The U-17 women national team head coach Ayub Khalifah has revealed the identity of the final 20 players, that he will travel with on Wednesday, September 18th, to represent the country in the inaugural edition of the Council of South Africa Football Associations (COSAFA), U-17 women tournament in Mauritius.
The final 20 players were named hours after the teams second practice match against FUFA women elite league select team which they defeated 3-1, at the FUFA technical center Njeru.
Ayub believes that he has made the best selections after carefully studying the girls for eight days under residential training at Njeru, and he believes that this set of players have what it takes to compete at COSAFA level and achieve the best result for the country.
“We are ready to compete because we have had enough time to test all the players and finally came up with the final list that we believe give us the best chance. Ayub said.
Ayub who noted his team’s defensive laxity in their win over the Elite select team, has named only five defenders on the final team, with six midfielders and six forwards, plus three goalkeepers completing the set up.
But he has noted that teamwork will be a key strength of the team, because it will aid them have the right balance both in defence and in attack.
“Collective work as a team will be important to our play because it will help us have the right balance and discipline both in defence and attack,”
“Of course we have to carry the right attitude and mentality plus our forward players have to be sharper so that they can put away the chances we score.” He added.
Meanwhile Kawempe Muslim Juliet Nalukenge whos scored a brace in the friendly game against Elite select team has been named as the team’s captain for the tournament.
The U-17 team have been seeded in Group A, and will kick start their campaign against Zambia on September 20th, before facing hosts Mauritius on 22nd with their final group game coming against Comoros on September 24th.
Kawempe Muslim, Mukono high School and Uganda Marty’s having the highest number of players six, three and two respectively.
Goalkeepers: Nyayenga Daphine ( Uganda Marty’s), Namusisi Joan ( Mukono high), and Nasasira Gift (Gadafi Integrated)
Defenders: Akadinda Gillian ( Ollila high school), Atwine Precious ( Upper Hill College), Musibika Stella (Kawempe Muslim), Akiror Patricia ( Masaka SS), and Adokole Bira (Amus College).
Midfielders: Namaganda Zaitun ( Taggy high school), Komuntale Sumayah ( King of Kings), Nakacwa Kevin (Uganda Marty’s), Nangonzi Moureen (Mukono high School), Nakacwa Samalie ( Kawempe Muslim).
Strikers: Nalukenge Juliet ( Kawempe Muslim), Najjemba Fauzia ( Mukono high School), Nagadya Catherine (Katuuso Community), Kunihira Margret (Kawempe Muslim), Nyinagahirwa Shakira ( Kawempe Muslim), and Nandago Hadijah ( Kawempe Muslim).
Head Coach: Ayub Khalifa
Assistant Coach: Namuyanja Hadijjah