Allan Okello and Mustafa Kizza are part of the Hippos team to play Cameroon over the weekend Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

CAF U-20 Qualifiers (2nd Round, 2nd Leg)

  • Friday, 18th May 2018:
  • Cameroon Vs Uganda – Yaounde
[/media-credit] Allan Okello and Mustafa Kizza joined the Uganda U-20 (Hippos) team after playing for KCCA in the CAF Champions league Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

The Uganda U-20 national team (Hippos) has been boosted by the timely arrival of three important players.

Team captain Julius Poloto, left back Mustafa Kizza and the magical left footed gem Allan Okello joined the rest of the players in the team camp at the Africa Bible University (ABU) in Lubowa.

The three players were part of the KCCA Football Club team that defeated African giants Al Ahly 3-0 during a Group A CAF Champions League match.

Hippos head coach Mathias Lule is delighted about the arrival of the three players;

We are excited by the options available. These three KCCA players are very important players to the team and their experience of playing in the CAF Champions League will be key to the team as we travel away.

Julius Poloto (right) commits Al Ahly’s Samir Saad Ali during the CAF Champions League match. Poloto played full time just like Allan Okello and Mustafa Kizza Credit: KAWOWO SPORTS

Kizza was suspended for the previous two matches (against South Sudan and Cameroon) after a red card during the opening round match with South Sudan at Lugogo.

He returns to offer competition at the left back slot where Robert Kitabalwa ably deputized him with KCCA academy player Herbert Achai the other alternative.

On Tuesday morning, the team trained at the Kisubi University playgrounds before they travelled as a team to watch the CAF Champions League match at Namboole stadium later in the evening.

They are expected to conduct the final session on Wednesday morning (still at Kisubi University).

The team departs the country on Thursday morning for Cameroon ahead of the return leg on Friday in Yaounde.

Some of the Uganda U-20 players in Camp at Lubowa:

Goalkeepers: Saidi Keni (Proline), Denis Otim (Mbarara FC), Dennis Darren Ssebugwawo (Telesa, Mutundwe)

Right backs: Paul Willa (Police), Fred Okot (URA)

Left Backs: Mustafa Kizza (KCCA), Robert Kitabalwa (St Mary’s Kitende S.S), Herbert Achai (Kibuli S.S and KCCA Junior Team)

Central Defenders: Mustafa Mujuzi (Proline), Geofrey Wasswa (Vipers), Bashir Asiku (Vipers)

Midfielders: Julius Poloto (KCAA), Allan Okello (KCCA), Abubaker Kasule (Unattached), Ivan Eyam (Amus College and Ktaka FC), Frank “Zaga” Tumwesigye (Vipers), Faisal Ssekyanzi (St Mary’s Nabweru), Raymond Onyai (Kataka)

Forwards: Steven Mukwala (Vipers), Hamisi Tibita (BUL)

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

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