December 9, 2021

We want a win and nothing less – Khalifa

By Edwin Kyle Kule
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National Women U20 team head coach Ayub Khalifan during training at the FUFA Technical Centre in Njeru / FUFA Image

Uganda U20 Women National team head coach Ayub Khalifa Kiyingi has tasked the ladies to play for a win and nothing less in their final game of the ongoing CECAFA U20 Women Championship.

Uganda is set to face Ethiopia in the final game of the tournament and action will take centre stage at the FUFA Technical Centre, Njeru on Tuesday, November 9, 2021.

“We need a win and nothing less from tomorrow’s game,” Khalifa told Football256 in an interview.

“This will be our last game so we need to finish on a high and claim the championship. We need to go out there and empty tanks to win the day.”

Khalifa’s charges have had a perfect run of four wins in four games and they will be only yearning for the fifth win to complete their perfectly weaved performance.

In the tournament that has been played in a round-robin format, Uganda started with a 5-0 win against Burundi before they trounced Djibouti in an overwhelming 13-0 victory.

But as the tournament was taking shape, Uganda’s goal tally went on dropping. That saw the hosts finish a 2-0 win against a depleted Eritrea before they struggled in a 1-0 win against Tanzania.

However, Khalifa noted that even with the reduction of goals, they are not changing their style but only need to be more crucial and take all the available chances.

“We are not changing much from our way of play, we only need to be more crucial in front of the goal and take all our chances to get more goals.”

“Heading into tomorrow’s (Tuesday) game, we have to be tough on pressing and not allowing our opponent to play since they are more comfortable with the ball,” he added.

Khalifa noted that there are several lessons picked from the most recent game that will make them better facing Ethiopia.

“We picked several positives in the game against Tanzania and the game surely made us stronger. The girls kept on fighting till they earned a breakthrough something they need to keep up.”

Uganda and Ethiopia tie at 12 points from four games. The hosts are ahead only because of the six-goal advantage and any stalemate result will mean that Uganda are the ultimate champions.

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