Uganda U20 Women’s National Team head coach Ayub Khalifa Kiyingi is not bothered by star players in the Ghanaian U20 squad as the two nations prepare to face off on Saturday.

Uganda and Ghana will play the first leg of the fourth round of the 2022 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup Qualifiers on Saturday at St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende with the return leg coming in a fortnight’s time.

Kiyingi believes his charges are ready to face anyone in their quest to play at the coveted World Cup that will be stages in Costa Rica later this year.

Some of the key players for Ghana is skipper Evelyn Badu who features for Hasaacas Ladies in the domestic league.

The midfielder was named Most Valuable Player at the inaugural CAF Women’s Champions League last year but all this is not a concern for Ayub Khalifa.

“I don’t look at individuals, instead I prepare my team to face any opponent that comes their way. Yes, they have Evelyn Badu but we also have Fauzia Najjemba and all the rest of the players who are equally good.” He said during the pre-match press briefing on Friday.

Asked what he thinks Ghana bring on table given the fact they have played at the World Cup four times, Kiyingi states that they expect a tough encounter.

“We respect them because they have the pedigree and Ghana is a good team. However, we have adequately prepared for the game and I have the belief that we shall get good results come Saturday.”

The winner on aggregate between Uganda and Ghana will face either Ethiopia or Tanzania at the final qualifying hurdle in March.

Joel Muyita

Joel Muyita is a senior staff writer at Kawowo Sports.

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