Uganda U-20 National Team (The Uganda Hippos) has on Thursday kicked off preparations for the forthcoming continental expedition.
The Hippos for the first time qualified for Africa U-20 Cup of Nations after emerging Champions at the CECAFA U20 Zonal Qualifiers in December last year.
Under the stewardship of coach Morley Byekwaso, the team that entered camp had a training session at MTN Omondi Stadium on Thursday.
Of the 38 players summoned, only Nathan Odokonyero did not take part. The midfielder who plies his trade for Lincoln City FC U18 is yet to arrive in the country.
Byekwaso believes early preparations will help them to create a formidable unit with the main target of leaving a mark at the tournament.
“We have started our preparations quite early and this is important for us. The first session went on successfully and I believe we have ample time to put the pieces together before the tournament.”
“Our target is to do well at the tournament despite this being our first time. We have a very good team that can ably compete at this stage.”
The biennial Championship will be held in Mauritania between February 14th and 5th March 2021.
For the first time, the tournament will have 12 teams taking part, expanding from eight.
The top four teams will represent Africa at the 2021 U20 World Cup in Indonesia.
Komakech Jack (Ascent SA), Kiberu Ronald (Synergy FC), Oyo Delton (Busoga United FC), Ssenyondwa Denis Kaala (SC Villa), Ochama Daniel (Boro Boro Super Sport FC), Kato Peter (Super Cubs FC)
Kizito Mugweri Gavin (SC Villa), Semakula Kenneth (Busoga United FC), Kayondo Abdu Aziizi (Vipers SC), Musa Ramathan (KCCA FC) Kafumbe Joseph (KCCA FC), Kitabalwa Robert (Vipers SC), Begisa James Penz (UPDF FC), Baligeya Simon (Kibuli SS), Bbosa Richard (Express FC).
Mugulusi Isma (Busoga United FC), Yiga Najib (Vipers SC), Sserwadda Steven (KCCA FC), Byaruhanga Bobosi (Vipers SC), Lutalo Umar (Aspire Academy), Alou John Kokas (URA FC), Okur Swamadu (Kataka FC), Eyamu Ivan (Mbarara City FC), Kawooya Andrew( KCCA FC), Asaba Ivan (Vipers SC), Ssekajja Davis (Bright Stars FC), Wabyoona Faisal (Big Talent SA).
Bogere Ivan (Proline FC), Ssenyonjo Samuel (KCCA FC), Kakooza Derrick (Police FC), Basangwa Richard (Vipers SC), Odokonyero Nathan (Lincoln City FC U18-UK), Kitaka Samuel Moses (Loughborough University-UK), Bukenya Joseph Kizza (KCCA FC), Onyai Raymond (Mbarara City FC), Mulindi Ashiraf (Kataka FC), Mukisa Emmanuel (Kataka FC), Ssali Alpha Thierry (Proline FC).