Cosafa U -17: Uganda crowned champions after showing class

Uganda’s class at the inaugural Cosafa u-17 women’s championship paid off yesterday after a 2-1 win over South Africa in the finals.

Uganda’s Juliet Nalukenge went away with the golden boot while Daphine Nyayenga took the golden glove.

Unlike the previous games, the final at St Francois Xavier Stadium, Mauritius tested Uganda’s quality against an equally strong South African side.

Uganda now becomes the second guest nation to lift the Cosafa title after Tanzania lifted the u20 Cosafa championship for this year held in August in South Africa.

Nalukenge won the Golden Boot prize with an astonishing 18 goals scored in the five games she played, while her teammate Daphine Nyayenga won the Golden Glove for her exploits between the posts.

The next tournament for the region will be the COSAFA Men’s Under-17 Championship that will be staged in Blantyre, Malawi from October 11-20.

Below is Uganda’s complete team that won the championship.

Daphine Nyayenga (GK) (Uganda Martyrs HS), Gillian Akadinda (Olila HS), Patricia Akiror (Masaka SS), Stella Musibika (Kawempe Muslim SS), Bira Nadunga (Olila High School), Kevin Nakacwa (Uganda Martyrs), Margret Kunihira (Kawempe Muslim SS), Shakira Nyinagahirwa (Kawempe Muslim SS), Juliet Nalukenge (Captain – Kawempe MuslimSS), Fauzia Najjemba (Mukono High School), Samali Nakacwa (Kawempe Muslim SS); Joan Namusisi (GK) (Mukono HS), Gift Nasasira (GK) (Gadafi Integrated), Sumayah Komuntale (King of Kings), Moureen Nangonzi (Mukono HS), Samali Nakacwa (Kawempe Muslim SS), Catherine Nagadya (Katuuso Community SS) Precious Atwiine (Up Hill College), Cissy Kabarwani (King of Kings), Hadijah Nandago (Kawempe Muslim SS), and Zaitun Namaganda (Taggy High School).

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