Uganda U-20 (Hippos) put three past a KCCA FC side that wasn’t full to atmost potential in a trial match while prepating for the AFCON U-20 tournament. The Hippos goals were scored by Ivan Bogere with a brace and Isma Mugulusi.
Head coach Morley Byekwaso believes his
side has all it takes to perform
well at the upcoming U20 Africa
Cup of Nations.
The 16th edition (23rd if tournaments
without hosts are included) of the AFCON
U20 is slated for February 14 to March 4,
2021 in Mauritania.
Uganda qualified for their maiden AFCON
U20 finals after winning the CECAFA region
qualifiers (CECAFA U20 Championship)
held in Tanzania in November 2020.
The Hippos breezed past Tanzania in the
tournament final, winning 4-1, and
according to Byekwaso, winning the zonal
qualifiers gives them the right motivation
and bigger platform to compete at the final
“Being the champions of East Africa
(CECAFA) is a good motivation and
therefore we have to go and represent well,”
Byekwaso told the media.
“We shall have to put in a lot of effort and
also raise our character if we’re to have a
good tournament,” he added.
The Hippos were drawn in Group A
alongside hosts Mauritania, Cameroon and
Mozambique in the draw held in Yaoundé,
Cameroon on Monday afternoon.
Uganda will kick-start their campaign
against Mozambique when the tournament
gets underway in February in the coastal
city of Nouakchott off the Western coast of
And Byekwaso has already noted the
enormity of the challenge in the group
saying; “It’s going to be very tough and
dangerous in the group.”
All these teams pose specific challenges.
For example, Cameroon is an African super
power, Mauritania are hosts, so it’s going
be a hard group.”
“We have to do a lot of stuff including the
raise of our ball usage skills in order to
play well and overcome our opponents,”
The U20 team is continue with their
preparations at the MTN Omondi stadium
in Lugogo. Byekwaso summoned over 35
players and as preparations intensify, seven
have so far been dropped.
UK based Samuel Moses Kitaka leads the
seven names out of the squad, others are;
Opio Odong, Emmanuel Mukasa, Umar
Lutalo, Okur Swamadu, Samule Moses
Kitaka, Obi Obedi and Ronald Kiberu.
Vipers SC duo Abdu Aziz Kayondo and
Bobosi Byaruhanga who are currently with
the Uganda Cranes at the CHAN
tournament in Cameroon, are expected to
join the team after the tournament.
It’s going to be the first time the
tournament is played with 12 teams since
expansion from eight teams from the last
West African side Mali are the reigning
champions having edged Senegal 3-2 on
penalties following a one-draw in the 2019
final in Niger.
The semi-finalists (four teams) have always
represented Africa at the FIFA U-20 World
Cup, but that would be the case this time
around given that the World Cup that was
meant to be hosted by Indonesia later this
year, was cancelled due to the coronavirus
AFCON U20 Group Stage
Group A: Mauritania, Cameroon, Uganda,
Group B: Burkina Faso, Tunisia, Namibia,
Central African Republic
Group C: Ghana, Tanzania, Gambia,
There were a number of names that were eliminated from the camp days before and they include;
Ronald Kiberu (Synergy), Umar Lutalo (Aspire
Academy), Samuel Moses Kitaka
(Loughborough University-UK), Lotanna Obi
Obedi (Big Talent), Emmanuel Mukisa
(Kataka), Swamadu Okur (Kataka) and Opio
The current players in the camp are;
Goalkeepers : Jack Komakech (Ascent
Soccer Academy , Oyo Delton (Busoga
United FC), Ssenyondwa Denis Kaala (SC
Villa), Daniel Ochama (Boro Boro Super
Defenders : Gavin Kizito Mugweri (SC Villa),
Kenneth Semakula (Busoga United FC),
Musa Ramathan (KCCA), Joseph Kafumbe
(KCCA), Robert Kitabalwa (Vipers SC),
James Begisa Penz (UPDF FC), Simon
Baligeya (Kibuli SS), Richard Bbosa
Midfielders : Isma Mugulusi (Busoga
United), Najib Yiga (Vipers), Sserwadda
Steven (KCCA FC), Alou John Kokas (URA),
Ivan Eyamu (Mbarara City), Andrew
Kawooya ( KCCA), Ivan Asaba (Vipers),
Davis Ssekajja (Bright Stars), Faisal
Wabyoona (Big Talent Soccer Academy).
Fowards : Ivan Bogere (Proline), Ssenyonjo
Samuel (KCCA), Derrick Kakooza (Police
FC), Richard Basangwa (Vipers), Joseph
Kizza Bukenya (KCCA), Raymond Onyai
(Mbarara City), Ashiraf Mulindi (Kataka),
Ssali Alpha Thierry (Proline)