SINAN RAJUB SENOGA
The continetal football governing body CAF has dismissed the petition filed by Tanzania against Uganda following their disappointing exit from the U-17 Women’s World Cup qualifiers in March.
The Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) was alleging that Uganda fielded four over age players, namely Juliet Nalukenge, Shamira Nalugya, Grace Aluka and Fauzia Najjemba.
The TFF failed to present substantial evidence of the ineligibility of the aforementioned players whose documents have been verified and found legitimate.
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Tanzania’s appeal was made in the aftermath of the crushing 5-0 defeat to Uganda at Lugogo that saw the latter qualify to the final qualification round of the U-17 tournament with a 6-2 victory on aggregate.
Grace Aluka, Fauzia Najjemba, Margret Kunihira and Juliet Nalukenge (brace) were on target as Ayub Khalifa’s coached side dispatched Tanzania in the return leg on 14th March.
Uganda will face Cameroon in the final round of qualification with the aggregate winner over the two legs destined for a World Cup appearance in India early next year.
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The Fifa U-17 Women’s World Cup has been rescheduled from November 2020 to 17th February – 7th March 2021.
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.
Uganda’s 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.