AFCON U-17 (Group A) – Sunday Results:
- Angola 1-0 Uganda
- Tanzania 4-5 Nigeria
A ten man Uganda U-17 side (The Cubs) kicked off the AFCON U-17 championship with a 1-0 loss to Southern Africa country, Angola during a group A encounter played at the national stadium in Dar es salaam on Sunday.
Osvaldo Pedro Capemba scored the match winner, coming in the 33rd minute off a heavy deflection from Uganda’s defender Samson Kasozi.
Uganda’s left back Ibrahim Juma was sent off for a second bookable offence towards the close of the game to grant numerical advantage to Angola.
There was no early threatening action until the break-through moment save for Yiga Najib’s yellow carded after 17 minutes.
Left Ibrahim Juma free-kick curled over the bar from 25 yards on 23 minutes.
Three minutes to the half hour mark, Andrew Kawooya had a weak attempt from distance easily collected by the Angolan goalkeeper.
Angola’s Andre Zito who was a thorn in the flesh of the Ugandan defence also had a fierce left footed shot miss target by inches moments later.
Zito then forced a finger-tip save from the Uganda Cubs goalkeeper Jack Komakech for a corner after 33 minutes.
From the quickly taken resultant corner, Capita’s deflected shot off Kasozi off Kasozi beat Komakech in Uganda’s goal for the opener and lone strike.
There was a booking to Angola’s Alphonse with 10 minutes to break off.
Kawooya had a free-kick from 35 yards pushed away by the Angola goalkeeper
Uganda got their second yellow card when left back Ibrahim Juma brought down the exciting Zito on the left flank.
Yiga nearly brought the game level for Uganda but his dipping effort towards goal was parried away for a fruitless corner by goalie Giovani.
Towards the end of the first half, Uganda’s quick counter attack orchestrated by Ivan Asaba on the right nearly paid dividends but Kawooya blasted high the rebound.
The Uganda Cubs’ final chance to bring the game was missed by Kawooya who blew over a free-kick from 20 yards away from the goal.
On the hour mark, Angola called for their first change.
Abdul Wahid Iddi headed wide Juma’s cross from the left on 68 minutes.
Uganda’s first change arrived after 72 minute when Kawooya paved way for Thomas Kakaire.
The second change for Angola was made on 74 minutes.
Morris Gasper paved way for Pedro Tino.
Uganda suffered a set-back with Ivan Asaba’s ham string injury as he limped out for Isma Mugulusi with a quarter an hour left to play.
With 10 minutes to play, Uganda Cubs missed arguably the best chance to equalize when Mugulusi’s left shot off an acute angle hit the lower bottom of the post.
The final change for the Eastern Africa country came eight minutes to full time.
Mukisa Opalla was introduced for the injured Davis Ssekajja.
Angola was granted numerical advantage following a red card to Uganda’s left back Juma three minutes to full time for a foul on Zito.
The resultant free-kick hit the defensive wall for another fruitless corner.
There was a booking for Uganda’s Samson Kasozi who pulled down the dangerous Zito in a one against one incident deep in added time.
Angola joined Nigeria on three points for the joint lead in group A.
Nigeria however lead the group following a 5-4 win in the tournament opener.
Uganda Cubs XI:
Jack Komakech (G.K), Samson Kasozi, Ibrahim Juma, Gavin Kizito Mugweri (Captain), Davis Ssekajja, Andrew Kawooya, Idd Abdulwahid, Ivan Asaba, Yiga Najib, Rogers Mugisha, Justine Opiro
Patrick Mubiru, Kevin Ssekimbegga, Innocent Opira, Isma Mugulusi, Thomas Kakaire, Mukisa Opaala, Polycarp Mwaka, John Alou, James Jarieko