Football is the national sport in Uganda and people are very passionate about this game. The history of football in Uganda dates to 1897 when British proposed to teach Baganda football in Namirembe. Bagandans could neither remember their positions nor the rules. FUFA – Federation of Uganda Football Associations was formally constituted in 1925 when a few sportsmen met to discuss the propagation of the game in Uganda.
Nowadays you can see people playing football in every corner of the country and they always take it very seriously. There are big local events organized among schools, villages or districts. TV football channels are on in every sport bar, men walk in t-shirts of their favorite football players, cars are decorated during every important league and football stadium is packed up to the last seat. Their national team nicknamed Cranes is controlled by. They have a large fan club, but they have NEVER qualified for the FIFA World Cup. So you can imagine how great for all Ugandans this NEWS is!
Uganda U-17 girls take commanding lead in World Cup qualifier
Uganda girls U-17 striker Juliet Nalukenge celebrates her goal against Ethiopia with teammates during a World Cup qualifier at the StarTimes stadium, January 11 2020. Uganda won 2-0. Photos by Michael Nsubuga
Uganda’s Margaret Kunihira (center) takes on Ethiopia’s Beeti Zewdu (Left) and Hana Hailu (right) during a World Cup qualifier at the StarTimes stadium, January 11, 2020. Uganda won 2-0.
Uganda continued to struggle to break through the compact Ethiopian midfield and had to wait for an 87th error from goalkeeper Foziya Zenabu that gifted substitute Catherine Nagadya to double the lead.
Coach Ayub Khalifah admitted that despite taking a 2-0 lead in the second leg, he said his team will face a stiff challenge in the second leg.
“We played a strong side in Ethiopia and in the second leg we must be harder than we have looked today,”
“The girls need to understand that we are playing a strong side,” he stated after the game.
He also expressed his worry over the fatigue that awaits these girls because of the U-20 FIFA Women World Qualifiers against Tanzania next weekend.
Part of the U-17 players is also in the U-20 squad which has worried the gaffer.
“These girls used a lot of energy today against a strong side. It is therefore reasonable they get enough rest.