With the first leg of the final playoff qualifying round of the 2021 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup qualifiers between Uganda and Cameroon around the corner, the latter is in advanced preparations ahead of the game that comes on October 31.
And given the fact that they will be hosting the West African side first at the StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo, the U17 girls will be hoping that they score more while at home before they travel for the away tie.
“We are in high spirit ahead of the game and we’ve added more speed upfront,” Fauzia Najjemba the team’s vice-captain said after Tuesday morning training session.
“The coaches are giving the necessary techniques to us and we are looking forward to outscoring our opponent come game day,” the forward added.
A five-star performance from Ayub Khalifah’s charges when they beat neighbours Tanzania 5-0 to overturn a 2-1 deficit further explains what the girls are capable of while playing at home.
The above result in the East African derby lifted the nation’s hopes of making it to the World Cup for the first time.
However, between the World Cup and Uganda, there is a hurdle of yet another high scoring side in Cameroon.
To reach the playoffs, Cameroon easily eliminated Sao Tome and Principe 10-0 on aggregate.
And if Uganda is to make history and become the first Ugandan national football team to reach the World Cup, Fauzia Najjemba and her captain Juliet Nalukenge must bring their A-game against Cameroon.
After the postponement of the tournament that was slated for November 2020 due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, the winner on aggregate in the two-leg tie between Uganda and Cameroon will be one of the three African representatives at the 2021 World Cup in India.