Uganda U-17 girls’ team progressed to the finals of the 2019 COSAFA U-17 girls’ championship after condemning Botswana to a huge 12-0 win in the match played at the St. Francois Xavier Stadium in Mauritius on Friday.
The day’s best player Fauzia Najjemba scored six goals, the other goals were hat-tricks apiece for Margret Kunihira and Juliet Nalukenge.
All the three players Najjemba, Kunihira, and Nalukenge each received a ball.
Kunihira opened the scores in the 4th minute and Nalukenge doubled the lead two minutes later in what turned out to be an easy ride.
By half, Nalukenge, Najjemba, and Kunihira had a brace each to take a comfortable 6-0 lead ahead of the second half.
Upon resumption, Najjemba was on fire scoring four goals before Nalukenge and Kunihira added a goal apiece to complete their hat tricks.
Head coach Ayub Khalifa made changes bringing on goalkeeper Joan Namusisi to replace Daphine Nyayenga. Hadijah Nandago and Cissy Kabawani also came on replacing Nagadya and Bira Naddunga respectively.
Uganda booked their berth to the final and will play South Africa in Sunday’s final at the same venue.
Khalifa commended the spirit of the players since match day one to the semi-final where they managed to progress for the final.
“I thank the players for the spirit and character shown since our first match. We shall remain calm and focused ahead of the final” he noted.
South Africa overcame Zambia 2-1 during the second semi-final match on Friday.