The FUFA President Eng Moses Magogo has hailed the Uganda national U-17 girls team for emerging champions of the inaugural U-17 championship, which climaxed at FUFA Technical center Njeru on Tuesday evening.
Uganda beat Kenya 2-0 in the final game of the tournament that attracted six nations, to top the table with 13 points in a round-robin format with close rivals Tanzania coming second on 11 points.
On return from Njeru, the team was on Wednesday hosted to a luncheon with the President, accompanied by his two deputies Justus Mugisha and Darius Mugoye, deputy CEO Decolas Kiiza and Excom member also leader of Uganda delegation at CECAFA Chris Kalibala.
During his speech, the President hailed the players for the achievement and noted that the Federation is now committed to entering the national women football team categories in any International engagements.
“In 2013, we were forced to withdraw the national team from further participation in the world cup qualifiers after beating South Sudan 22-0, simply because we realized it would be a waste of money to spend on the national team that had no proper foundation. This is from where we planned on starting the National league and also the regional leagues, which is now enabling many female players with chance to play,” Eng. Magogo noted.
He also cautioned players against any forms of indiscipline, that would hinder their careers.
“For anyone to excel, they must have talent, love what they are doing, work ha rd and also be disciplined. There are many people out there who are ready to confuse you so please be warned and only keep focused and work hard. Always give your best and the results will follow you,” Magogo added.
The President went further to congratulate newly crowned Airtel FUFA female player of the year and team captain Juliet Nalukenge for the achievement, CECAFA best goalkeeper Daphine Nyayenga and CECAFA U17 MVP), FUFA President and Daphine Nyayenga (CECAFA U17 Best keeper)
He also clarified the fact that the federation decided to help the winning players with a 200 dollar assistance each, to cater for their personal needs at the club level.