The Uganda U17 women national team head coach Ayub Khalifa admitted that Ethiopia gave his side hard time despite picking up a 2-0 win against in the first leg of the 2020 Fifa U17 Women’s World Cup.
Uganda took a deserved lead in the fourth minute courtesy of skipper Juliet Nalukenge and were forced to wait until second-half substitute Catherine Nagadya scored towards the end of the game to give them a vital 2-0 win.
“I thank the girls for the fight and making sure we won but it was a tough game. The opponents gave us a challenge and I must give them credit,” Khalifa said before adding.
“I must confess we were ignorant about them because we didn’t know how they play, their strengths and weaknesses. The start was good for us and we took an early lead but they remained composed and pushed us to the limit.”
“It is not over yet and we must work on our efficiency in front of goal. It is good we know how they play and we shall go back to rectify where we lacked today,” he added.
The two sides will face off again in the second leg game which will be played between January 20th and 26th in Ethiopia, the winner on aggregate will face either Tanzania or Burundi in the next stage.