Juliet Nalukenge

Crested Cranes striker and U-17 Women’s National Football Team captain Juliet Nalukenge has been named in Goal.com Next Generation top ten wonder kids.

Before the Covid-19 pandemic forced most youth tournaments to be cancelled, Juliet Nalukenge had Uganda dreaming of their first Women’s World Cup participation at any level.

The forward had captained the team to the second round of qualifying for the Under-17 edition, where a win over giants Cameroon would have secured a ticket to India for her team.

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Nalukenge was also eyeing up the top scorer accolade, leading the charts with five goals in four games. Her goal scoring record had already fired Uganda to victory at the CECAFA U17 Cup as well as the COSAFA U17 Girls Championship, where she netted a staggering 18 goals in just five games.

The 2019 Uganda Women’s Footballer of the Year is already capped at senior level and harbours her own dreams of playing professionally in Europe. At this rate, it will not be long before she realises them.

Nalukenge, a Senior six student at Kawempe Muslim SS expressed his delight about the award and hopes it will motivate her into a better player.

“I’m thankful and happy for this award. It is a big honour to be recognised globally and I’m optimistic that this will motivate me to even work harder,” she told the Fufa website.

The list that has ten players that were born after 1st January 2002 placed the lethal striker in ninth position.