Uganda U-17 women national team eliminated Tanzania in the FIFA U-17 Women World Cup qualifiers 6-2 on aggregate after a 5-0 victory in the return leg at the StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo in Kampala on Saturday evening.
Margret Kunihira gave Uganda the lead in the 43rd minute, before a late rout, with the home side scoring four times inside the final 15 minutes.
Fauzia Najjemba struck a free kick in the 75th minute to double Uganda’s the lead, before Grace Aluka’s long ball from inside her own half bounced over Tanzania’s goalkeeper Aisha Ismail in the 78th minute.
Skipper Juliet Nalukenge put the icing on the cake, completing a late double in spectacular style in the 88th and 93rd minutes.
Head coach Ayub Khalifah who strongly sounded out his side’s chances ahead of the game, despite Uganda’s meager record over their rivals could not be proud of the team’s performance on the day.
“I told the girls that losing to Tanzania in the first leg was just the first half, the game was not over yet,” Khalifah told Football256.
I had a great feeling that this game belonged to us, that we were to go to the next round.”
“Both teams were good but to be honest, it was our day, everything we did in the second half yielded positively,” he added.
Uganda progressed to the playoff round of the qualifiers where they shall play against Cameroon for a berth in the World Cup finals due in India in November 2020.
Cameroon hammered Sao Tome and Principe 6-0 in their return leg in Yaoundé to progress 10-0 winners on aggregate.
The two-legged tie against Cameroon is a step into the unknown especially for Khalifah as both nations will meet for the first time in history.
Khalifah noted the need to do as much homework about their opponents in order to get a clearer picture of what they are up against.
“We don’t have any idea about their style of play, we want to design a mechanism to guide us past them and eventually go to India in November,” Ayub said.
“I am pretty sure the FUFA media team will provide us with replay footage of Cameroon games and we shall observe them then generate a master plan on how to eliminate them,” he noted.
Uganda will host the first leg against Cameroon on May 1 before they visit Yaounde for the return leg on May 15, 2020.