January 24, 2022

Familiar faces as Khalifa names provisional squad to face Ghana

By Allan Damba
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Uganda's U20 players celebrate one of their six goals against Kenya in the 2022 FIFA Women World Cup qualifier / FUFA Images

Ahead of a World Cup qualifier with Ghana, Uganda U20 Women’s National Team head coach Ayub Khalifa Kiyingi has summoned a provisional squad of 28 players to kickstart preparations.

The squad comprises familiar faces, players that have been part of recent engagements, with the only exception being defender Winnie Nakanwagi who earns her first call.

Nakanwagi plays for Uganda Martyrs High School FC and her versatility in a number of positions across the backline is her biggest tool.

Midfielder Shamirah Nalugya who was ruled out of the encounters with South Africa at the third round with a shoulder injury bounces back to the team.

The team will enter residential camp on Tuesday, January 4 at Cranes Paradise Hotel in Kisaasi with training sessions conducted at Lugogo Stadium.

Uganda will host Ghana on January 22 at St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende before the two teams face off in the return leg two weeks later.

The victor on aggregate after two legs will progress to the final hurdle.

Provisional Squad

Goalkeepers: Daphine Nyayenga (Lady Doves FC), Joan Namusisi (Kampala Queens FC), Diana Natukunda (Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC), Saida Namwanje (Luweero Giant Queens FC.

Defenders: Sumayah Komuntale (Tooro Queens FC), , Grace Aluka (Olila High School FC), Winnie Nakanwagi (Uganda Martyrs High School FC), Biira Nadunga (Olila High School FC), Samalie Nakacwa (Kawempe Muslim FC), Harima Kanyago (Lady Doves FC), Aisha Nantongo (Kawempe Muslim Ladies), Asia Nakibuuka (Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC).

Midfielders: Shamirah Nalugya (Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC), Shakirah Nyinagahirwa (Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC), Phiona Nabulime (Devine Soccer Academy), Catherine Nagadya (Uganda Martyrs High School), Margaret Kunihira (Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC), Kevin Nakacwa (Uganda Martyrs High School FC), Zaituni Namaganda (Taggy High School FC), Eva Naggayi (Rines SS WFC).

Forwards: Fauzia Najjemba (Kampala Queens), Hadijah Nandago (Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC), Juliet Nalukenge (Chrysomolia FC), Joweria Nagadya (Lady Doves FC), Kamuyati Naigaga (Taggy High School), Ronah Regina Nantege (She Corporate FC), Zaina Nandede (Kataka SHE FC), Lillian Mutuuzo (Kampala Queens FC)

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