After a period of close to 48 months without action in the U-20 competitions, the Uganda football federation has finally registered a team in next year’s Orange CAF U-20 qualifiers.
The national U-20 team, the Uganda Hippos will play in the qualifiers that start mid next year as confirmed by the Federation of Uganda Football Associations boss, Moses Magogo.
The F.A boss believes the team is now ready and deems it fit to take part in the qualifiers.
We have registered the Uganda Hippos in the CAF U-20 qualifiers because we believe we now have a good team to build upon after the former U-17 players who played in the CAF qualifiers two years ago have now matured. These will also have players from the national post primary championships
At the onset of 2014, Uganda did not register a team in the U-20 qualifiers leading to the final tournament that was held in Senegal.
Some of the players in the team that won against Seychelles and Rwanda before losing to Zambia have now grown in stature and confidence.
Pius Obuya plays in the Uganda Premier league with Prisons side, Maroons F.C.
Former Uganda Cubs vice- captain, Emmanuel ‘Song’ Olinga is now with Water F.C in the second highest tier league – FUFA Big league.
Majority of the players are in the U-17 national league with Vipers junior side having a lion’s share of the players like Alex Komakech, Frank ‘Zagga’ Tumwesigye.
Others are in soccer academies within and out of the country.
Dancing midfielder, Hassan Ssenyonjo is based in West Africa with the Aspire Academy.
Former U-17 team captain, Andrew Isiagi has been regularly given a nod in national team training drills.
URA F.C head coach, Kefa Kisala is the head coach of the Uganda U-17 team.