Uganda Hippos Credit: CAF Media
  • AFCON U20 Final
  • Saturday, March 6
  • Ghana vs. Uganda – 11:00pm, EAT

When Uganda Hippos take on Ghana on Saturday night, it will only be the second time that a Ugandan national football team will be playing a continental final.

Morley Byekwaso’s charges have had a fairy-tale at the U20 Africa Cup of Nations on the country’s first appearance at the championship.

“It has been a long journey to the final. We have gone through many challenges but we remained strong and victorious,” Byekwaso said in the pre-match press conference.

Uganda Hippos head coach Morley Byekwaso Credit: FUFA Media

Byekwaso believes it is time for Hippos to accomplish the mission by winning the trophy and says the team is not under any pressure facing three-time winners of the competition.

“Calmness is the key to our victories since the beginning and we have no pressure. We shall only be fighting to become champions.

“Ghana is good but we believe in ourselves and ready to challenge them. Like we have been playing in the previous games, we shall bring out what we are best at doing naturally.

“We expect a very tough match but it is for us to accomplish our mission by winning the trophy.”

Derrick Kakooza will lead Uganda’s sarch for goals Credit: CAF Media

Byekwaso could field the same team that faced Tunisia with the exception of Najib Yiga who was stretch off during the second of the semifinal against Tunisia.

The back line has been self-selected and unchanged throughout the tournament, but changes have been made in midfield and attack.

Uganda Hippos Journey to the Final

Group Stage

  • Uganda 2-0 Mozambique
  • Cameroon 1-0 Uganda
  • Mauritania 1-2 Uganda

Quarterfinals

  • Uganda 0(5)-0(3) Burkina Faso.

Semifinals

  • Uganda 4-1 Tunisia

Franklin Kaweru is the Editor in Chief of Kawowo Sports. He is an ardent basketball enthusiast.

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7 Comments

  1. Its so amazing hippos to have reached on dis lets pray for dem to take da trophy

  2. I love you Ugandan your in my soul.
    Big love again from Melbourne Australia

  3. Losing at final is the best for a team. We need to work towards sustaining the Hippo-like standard for all games.

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