The Uganda’s U-17 Women’s team head coach Ayub Khalifa Kiyingi has tested positive for COVID-19.
In a message posted Thursday on the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) website, the coach confirmed the development.
“I have on Thursday 8th October 2020 tested positive for COVID -19.
” I am now in self-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 preparations for the FIFA U17 World cup Qualifier with Cameroon,” Ayub Khalifa said.
It’s however not yet clear whether there’s any player who has tested positive for the disease. And it’s also unclear whether the players and other officials in the camp will all undergo tests to confirm their status before facing Cameroon.
Ayub Khalifa’s physical absence from the camp presnts a huge blow to the girls who are just 90 minutes away from making history as the first Ugandan football team to take part in a world cup tournament.
Uganda is expected to host Cameroon on October 31 in the first of the two legs whose victor will qualify for the FIFA Under 17 Women’s World Cup in India next year.
In Ayub Khalifa’s absence, Hadijah Namuyanja (Lady Mourinho) together with Olive Mbekeka and goalkeeping coach James Magala will now take over the team’s training sessions.