By Alex Bossa
Following the draws for the 2022 FIFA women’s U20 world cup qualifiers, Uganda’ s U20 women’s national team was drawn against neighbors Kenya with Kenya hosting the first leg. Both teams avoided the first round qualifying stage.
A record of 40 countries confirmed participation in the play off qualifying format where the final two teams will represent Africa at the 2022 FIFA U20 World cup to be hosted by Costa Rica. The event was cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID 19 pandemic.The biennial tournament is contested by the under-20 national teams of the member associations of FIFA. It was founded in 2002, but in 2008, the age limit was increased from 19 to 20. Japan are the defending champions having won for the first time in 2018. Players born between 1 January 2002 and 31 December 2006 are eligible to compete in the tournament.
The winner between Uganda and Kenya will have to go past 3 more rounds to qualify for the World Cup.
Earlier in the day, CAF also held the draws for the women U17 qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA U17 World Cup to be hosted by India where Africa will be represented by 3 teams.
A total of 29 teams confirmed participation in the qualifiers with the 10 less ranked teams playing in the first round playoff to determine the 5 teams which will join the 19 at the 2nd round stage. India was confirmed as the host of this tournament after its ancellation in October 2020 due to COVID 19. It was rescheduled to February 2021 but FIFA was forced to cancel again.
Uganda’s U17 women national team was drawn against Ethiopia with the first leg slated to be hosted in Uganda.
Since both teams are not among the 10 less ranked teams, both teams join the qualifiers at the 2nd round stage with the winner going on to face the winner between South Africa and Equatorial Guinea Vs Kenya in round 3.
If Uganda progresses through the 3rd round, they will be required to play one more round against the third-round winner between (Egypt Vs Guinea Bissau) Vs (DRC/Rwanda Vs Nigeria) to progress to the world cup.