Juliet Nalukenge coming of age, can she deliver Uganda to the U-17 World Cup?

With the selfie boot celebration the latest out of her closest, the Kawempe Muslim groomed forward Juliet Nalukenge is living up to her footballing potential.

On Saturday 11th January, Nalukenge further exhibited her football prowess during Uganda’s 2-0 victory over Ethiopia in the preliminary round qualifier of the U-17 Women World Cup.

But that is just part of the story, as the Uganda U-17 Women team got their qualification campaign underway, but with the objective of qualifying for the World Cup, for the first time.

Showing great positioning and awareness as she headed home teammate Fauzia Najjemba’s cross in the fifth minute, the U-17 Women captain and reigning FUFA Female Player of the year, dared herself to the adoring fans.  

Her ball control, body balance, vision and the ability to easily find the back of the net makes her one of the best forwards of the current generation not mentioning how very young she still is.

The sky is the limit surely, and with age on her side, she can only get better and better as she has the potential of developing into a world beater, eclipsing the heights that the United States based Sandra Nabweteme has reached.

It is not long ago, still a rough diamond, Nalukenge seemed to crumble under the pressure of being compared to Nabweteme, but she seems to be coming of age.

Topping the scoring charts at the CECAFA U-17 Women Cup in December, and the COSAFA U-17 Women Cup in Mauritius. Nalukenge scored a whopping 57 goals during the course of 2019

Nalukenge was a significant figure, and the leader infront of goal as Uganda won both the CECAFA and COSAFA U-17 tournaments last year with 18 and nine goals respectively.

Uganda will travel to Addis Ababa for the return leg on January 26th, with a two goal advantage, and with Nalukenge they have the arsenal to come away with the result they need.

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