Uganda’s chances of qualifying for the first-ever football world cup have been hit by news of a COVID-19 positive return by the women’s u-17 head coach Ayub Khalifa Kiyingi.

“I have on Thursday 8 October tested positive for COVID-19. I am now in isolation from the camp for a period as guided by the health officials for better medication and recovery”.

While I am away, I will help conduct some sessions with my technical team for the players online as we continue with preparation for the FIFA U17 World cup qualifier with Cameroon” said Khalifa on a statement issued on the Uganda FA website.

During Khalifa’s isolation, the team that hosts Cameroon on 31 October in the first leg of the final qualifier hurdle will be under the stewardship of Hadijah Namuyanja, James Magala, and Oliver Mbekeka.

The FIFA U17 women’s world cup was earlier scheduled for 2 to 21 November in India but was postponed with a new date of 17 February to 7 March now proposed subject to further monitoring of the COVID-19 pandemic situation.

The team of 30 players including talismanic Juliet Nalukenge is in residential training at the Islamic University in Uganda Kampala Campus.

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