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FIFA announces new dates for U-17 Women’s World Cup

Shamira Nalugya put up a player of the match performance against Tanzania. She is expected to be key against Cameroon (Fufa Media)


Uganda U-17 team that thumped Tanzania (Fufa Media)

FIFA has officially revealed the new dates for the 2020 U-17 Women’s World Cup that was postponed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The U-17 tournament will now be held between 17th February – 7th March 2021 in India.

The tournament was meant to be held in November between 2nd – 21st but was officially postponed last month.

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The eligibility criteria for the players remains unchanged, that is only players born on or after 1 January 2003 and on or before 31 December 2005 will be allowed to take part.

The development was confirmed via Fifa Media cancels subject to further monitoring.

Other changes announced include the rescheduling of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup which will now be held between 20th January – 6th February 2021 in Costa Rica and Panama.

The dates were confirmed after taking into account the time needed to complete the UEFA, CONCACAF, CAF, OFC, and CONMEBOL qualification tournaments as well as the best possible conditions in the country to host a successful FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

Uganda’s U-17 female team is still in contention for the available three slots for African nations in the U-17 World Cup.

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Uganda will face Cameroon in the second and final qualification round with the first leg slated to be hosted in Kampala on a date that will later be communicated.

The Ayub Khalifa coached team thumped Tanzania 5-0 at Lugogo to storm the final round 6-2 on aggregate thanks to goals from Grace Aluka, Margret Kunihira, Fauzia Najjemba and Juliet Nalukenge’s brace.

Nalukenge scored twice against Tanzania and took her tally to five goals (Fufa Media)

Nalukenge joint tops the scorers’ chart with five goals alongside Tanzania’s Aisha Hamis Masaka and Ghanaian Ophelia Amponsah.

The other two qualification pairings will have Ghana facing rivals Nigeria while South Africa will take on Morocco.

The U-17 Women’s World Cup will be played in five cities, that is Guwahati, Navi Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Bhubaneswar.

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