December 9, 2021

CECAFA Women U20: Khalifa takes blame for Ethiopia’s shocker

By Edwin Kyle Kule
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The National U20 Women's team at the 2021 CECAFA Women U20 Championship / FUFA Image

Uganda U20 Women National team head coach Ayub Khalifa Kiyingi has carried the blame upon himself for the strange loss against Ethiopia that granted the latter the CECAFA Women U20 Championship.

Uganda surrendered a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 to Ethiopia in the final game of the inaugural tournament at the FUFA Technical Centre, Njeru on Tuesday, November 9, 2021.

“I think there is something I did not do right,” Khalifa told Football256 in an interview before he added.

“Maybe it was not our day. But that is soccer and everything is possible. I was so disappointed and I must say it was a disappointing result which is hard to take.”

Ethiopia lost their custodian Eyerusalem Lorato after receiving marching orders due to the hard tackle she inflicted on Fauzia Najjemba, but it did not stop them.

“It is unbelievable I will repeat. We only needed a draw, we led the first half by two goals only to be shocked in the second half by a team that strongly believed in what they wanted.”

Khalifa also spotted that the girls slightly went off the agreed plan and lost concentration in the very time it was needed most.

“The girls lost concentration in the second half, that was the time we needed to hold our cool and control the game but instead, we lost track and we were severely punished.”

“Everything happens for a reason, we have to stand as soon as possible and not take long lamenting. We have to pick positives and build from those because we have to move forward,” he added.

Among the positives, the team captain Fauzia Najjemba was the top scorer of the tournament with 11 goals in five games played.

Daphine Nyayenga also carried the golden glove having conceded only four goals and kept three clean sheets in the five games played.

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