Julius Poloto passes the ball during a Uganda U-20 match against Cameroon at Lugogo Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDE

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

  • Friday, 18th May 2018
  • Cameroon Vs Uganda (Uganda leads 1-0 on aggregate)
  • In Yaoundé
    [/media-credit] Julius Poloto in action against Cameroon during the first leg

Uganda U-20 captain Julius Poloto is optimistic that the team he leads will emerge triumphant after the return leg of the CAF U-20 qualifier with Cameroon.

Poloto, a graduate of the national U-17 team was part of the KCCA team that overcame African giants Al Ahly on Tuesday in the CAF Champions league.

He is pretty sure of the task bestowed upon them but hopeful they will conquer at the end of the day.

We have been given special instructions by our coaches which we shall adhere to. We know the demands of playing away and our prime objective will be seeking qualification to the next stage of the qualifiers as a team.

[/media-credit] Julius Poloto in action for his club, KCCA in the domestic league action Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AISHA NAKATO

His experience of playing at the CAF Champions league alongside KCCA teammates Mustafa Kizza and Allan Okello will be key and vital for team Uganda.

Yes. We have played at the CAF Champions league and shall impact for the better what we have learnt from the matches. We are one team and focused

The team departed for Cameroon on Thursday morning aboard Ethiopian Airlines.

They are expected to arrive in Yaounde by 1 pm (local time) before conducting the final session later in the day at the match day venue.

Uganda takes a slim 1-0 lead to Cameroon courtesy of Steven Dese Mukwala’s goal in the first leg.

Traveling Delegation:

Uganda U-20 players in Camp at Lubowa:

  • Goalkeepers: Saidi Keni (Proline), Denis Otim (Mbarara FC)
  • 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: Musitafa 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)
  • Forwards: Steven Mukwala (Vipers), Hamisi Tibita (BUL)

Officials:

Leader of Delegation: Richard Ochom

Coaches:

Sebastien Desabre (Uganda Cranes coach), Mathias Lule (Uganda U-20 Head coach), James Odoch (Assistant coach U-20), Sam Kawalya (Goalkeeping coach)

Other officials:

Emmanuel Nakabago (Team Doctor), Sulait Makumbi (Team Coordinator), Switzen Niwagaba (FUFA Delegate-Western Region), Bosco Omario (Media Officer)

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

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