Uganda U17 Women’s National Football Team coach Ayub Khalifah Kiyingi has stated that youngster Juliet Nalukenge has set herself as a good example to her fellow youth.
On Wednesday, Goal released its 2022 NXGN top 20 list of the Best Wonderkids in Women’s football, and the 18-year-old Ugandan was amongst the recognized players.
“During her time at Kawempe Muslim and on the U17 national team, we had a pool of talented players but it is her that maneuvered through,” Khalifah told Football256.
“The most important thing about this whole situation is that Nalukenge has set a good example to those she left behind.”
“It is not too long since she went abroad but she is already succeeding that motivates her generation so much, God chose Nalukenge first but they can also work hard and follow the trend.”
Khalifah was Nalukenge’s coach at Kawempe Muslims Ladies FC and Uganda U17 national team before she left for Cyprus side Apollon Ladies in 2021 and she has also been elevated to the senior national team the Crested Cranes.
At Apollon, the 2019 FUFA Female Player of the Year was loaned out to Amok Chysomilia WFC where she is impressing.
And according to Khalifah, Nalukenge will have a great impact on the Crested Cranes in the 2022 Africa Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) slated for July in Morocco.
“I know that the senior national team coach will be looking up to her in the AWCON and I believe she will perform even better than she has previously been performing.”
“She is a determined player with a lot of hunger and she is destined for the best,” Khalifah noted.
Nalukenge came 19th on the 20-man list by Goal and this was not her first time of recognition.
She was listed ninth amongst the best ten promising individuals in women’s football in 2021.
The latest list counts down the top talents born on or after January 1, 2003, from all around the world.
Full list of Goal’s 2022 NXGN Top 20
- Melchie Dumornay – Haiti
- Mary Fowler – Australia
- Haley Bugeja – Malta
- Alexis Missimo – USA
- Lisanne Grawe – Germany
- Alice Sombath – France
- Kathrine Kuhl – Denmark
- Andrea Medina – Spain
- Camilla Kuver – Germany
- Gio – Brazil
- Rosa Kafaji – Sweden
- Esmee Brugts – Netherlands
- Linda Caicedo – Colombia
- Tarciane – Brazil
- Jana Gutierrez – Mexico
- Avelina Abang – Equatorial Guinea
- Aemu Oyama – Japan
- Maya Hijikata – Japan
- Juliet Nalukenge – Uganda
- Paulina Gramaglia – Argentina