Uganda U-20 players in a limbering session at Lugogo on the eve of the game with South Sudan Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AISHA NAKATO

CAF U-20 Qualifiers (1st Leg, 1st Round):

  • Saturday, 12 May 2018

*At Star Times Stadium, Lugogo – Kampala (4:00 pm)

[/media-credit] Allan Okello in action against South Sudan in the earlier round at Lugogo Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AISHA NAKATO

Uganda National U-20 team, The Hippos take on Cameroon during the first leg of the CAF U-20 opening round of the qualifiers at St Times Stadium, Lugogo on Saturday.

Uganda qualified 8-1 on aggregate over South Sudan in the preliminary round over the two legs.

Coached by Mathis Lule and James Odoch as head coach and assistant respectively, the Uganda Hippos will seek early advantage ahead of the return leg after a week in the West African country.

[/media-credit] Uganda U-20 head coach Matia Lule Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Uganda Hippos had a good build up match with Jinja based Uganda Premier league side, BUL early this week which ended in a goal-less draw at the FUFA Technical center in Njeru.

The team will dearly miss the services of three players Mustapha Kizza (suspended after a red card in the first leg with South Sudan), goalkeeper Tonny Kyamera and Sadam Masereka (with Buddo S.S in the copa games).

Goalkeeper Derrick Emmanuel Were was summoned to replace Kyamera.

The team also has other new faces as Bashir Kagiri, Herbert Katongole, Billy Nkata, Solomon Okello, Ali Mukibi and Alpha Kakonge.

Lule has the hope the team will perform well;

“We are at home and will make the home advantage count at full play” Lule stated.

Cameroon arrived in Uganda on Thursday and they will train at Lugogo on Friday evening for the mandatory last training.

Probable Uganda U-20 XI:

Saidi Keni (G.K), Paul Willa, Robert Kitabalawa, Mustafa Mujjuzi, Geofrey Wasswa, Abubakar Kasule, Julius Poloto, Allan Okello, Hamis Tibita, Ivan Eyam, Raymond Onyayi

Expected Subs:

Derrick Emmanuel Were (G.K), Herbert Achayi, Faisal Sekyanzi, Herbert Katongole, Billy Nkata, Solomon Ovoyo, Alpha Kakonge, Ali Mukibi, Ibrahim Mugulusi, Solomon Okello

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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