MAURITIUS: Uganda has won the inaugural COSAFA Women’s U17 Championship after beating South Africa 2-1. Goals from Fauzia Najjemba and Juliet Nalukenge were enough to grant Uganda the trophy in Mauritius.
Team head coach, Ayub Khalifa Kiyingi today made one change in the eleven players that started against the South Africans at St. Francois Xavier Stadium in Mauritius.
Kawempe Muslim SS midfielder Samali Nakacwa returns to the starting list.
She replaces Katuuso Community SS player Catherine Nagadya who started in the Semifinal match against Botswana.
Team captain Juliet Nalukenge led the striking force alongside Fauzia Najjemba and Margret Kunihira.
Uganda Martyr’s midfielder Kevin Nakacwa and Kawempe Muslim SS player Shakira Nyinagahirwa retain their central midfield roles while Olila HS Bira Nadunga and Kawempe Muslim SS player Stella Musibika are to pair in the central defence. Gillian Akadinda and Patricia Akiror takes over the right and left full-backs respectively.
Before the match, the coach Khalifa said: ‘We are ready for the final. The motivation for our players is very high. They are all focused and we are going to put up a strong fight and we shall go back with the trophy.”
Uganda Girls U17 XI:
Daphine Nyayenga (GK) (Uganda Martyrs HS), Gillian Akadinda (Olila HS), Patricia Akiror (Masaka SS), Stella Musibika (Kawempe Muslim SS), Bira Nadunga (Olila High School), Kevin Nakacwa (Uganda Martyrs), Margret Kunihira (Kawempe Muslim SS), Shakira Nyinagahirwa (Kawempe Muslim SS), Juliet Nalukenge (Captain – Kawempe MuslimSS), Fauzia Najjemba (Mukono High School), Samali Nakacwa (Kawempe Muslim SS)
Joan Namusisi (GK) (Mukono HS), Gift Nasasira (GK) (Gadafi Integrated), Sumayah Komuntale (King of Kings), Moureen Nangonzi (Mukono HS), Samali Nakacwa (Kawempe Muslim SS), Catherine Nagadya (Katuuso Community SS) Precious Atwiine (Up Hill College), Cissy Kabarwani (King of Kings), Hadijah Nandago (Kawempe Muslim SS), and Zaitun Namaganda (Taggy High School).