Host Uganda Wins CECAFA U-17 Girls Title

Host Uganda Wins CECAFA U-17 Girls Title

A 2-0 win over rivals Kenya at FUFA Technical Center Njeru on Tuesday evening saw Uganda U-17 girls’ team lift the inaugural CECAFA U-17 girl’s trophy.

Fauzia Najjemba opened the scoring in the first half before Juliet Nalukenge rounded up the scoring deep in the second half to take Uganda top of the six team table with 13 points from five games each played. The teens’ tournament which attracted six teams was played on a round robin basis.

Nalukenge was Uganda’s top and tournaments second best scorer with 9 goals, three shy from tournaments top scorer and Tanzania striker Aisha Masaka, whose 7 goals in the 10-0 routing of Djibouti earlier in the day, gave her the top scorer’s award.

“I am very grateful to God for this achievement. I want to thank the players for the hard work, FUFA for allowing the young girls to take part in the girl’s event. The tournament was not a simple one, it was too competitive and I am glad we are the ones having come out victorious,” Uganda head coach Ayub Khalifa said.

Tanzania, to whom only Uganda dropped points in the 1-1 draw, finished second with 11 points while Kenya came third on 7 points, with tournament’s fair play award team Burundi coming in the fourth position after beating Eritrea 4-0 to clobber 7 points too, but with a minor goal difference.

Tournament’s last team was Djibouti, who finished with not goal scored but after conceding 48 goals in the 14-0 loss to Kenya, 11-0 to Uganda, 8-0 to Burundi, 5-0 to Eritrea and lastly 10-0 to Tanzania, although they showed great improvement in the second half of their game against Tanzania, whom they limited to only a single score, having finished the first half 9-0.