CECAFA U-23 Challenge Cup 2021: (July 18-31) – Bahir Dar, Ethiopia:
- Group A: Uganda, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
- Group B: Ethiopia, Burundi, Eritrea
- Group C: Djibouti, South Sudan, Kenya
Sunday, 18th July 2021: Uganda Vs DR Congo (1 PM)
CECAFA’s most successful footballing country, Uganda, gets into action against the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) during the Group A opener of the 2021 CECAFA U-23 Challenge Cup at the Bahir Dar International Stadium on Sunday, 18th July 2021.
Uganda’s team is led by head coach Morley Byekwaso as they eye maximum points in the opener to be guaranteed qualification to the semifinals.
“We are prepared mentally and physically for DR Congo. We expect a good show,” Byekwaso stated.
The team will bank on the experience of KCCA goalkeeper Charles Lukwago, Vipers’ trio of Karim Watambala, Abdu Aziizi Kayondo, and Bobosi Byaruhanga as well as the AFCON U-20 top scorer Derrick Kakooza.
Team captain Enock Walusimbi, the winning skipper for Express in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League noted that their prime target is to win the trophy.
“We came in well and have since settled very fast. The target is to win the trophy and emulate many of the Ugandan teams at the CECAFA tournament. We are set mentally and physically,” Walusimbi disclosed.
The match will be officiated by FIFA Referee Mogos Teklu Tsegay from Eritrea.
Uganda U-23 Squad
Goal Keepers: Charles Lukwago (KCCA), Saidi Keni (SC Villa), Dennis Otim (Express)
Defenders: Enock Walusimbi (Express), Abdu Aziizi Kayondo (Vipers), George Kaddu (Wakiso Giants), Musa Ramathan (KCCA), Kenneth Ssemakula (BUL), Peter Magambo (KCCA), Gavin Kizito ( SC Villa)
Midfielders: Bobosi Byaruhanga (Vipers), Abdul Karim Watambala (Vipers), Steven Sserwadda (KCCA), Bright Anukani (KCCA), Salim Abdallah (SC Villa)
Forwards: Stephen Dese Mukwala (URA), Ivan Bogere (Wakiso Giants), Saddam Masereka (SC Villa), Julius Poloto (KCCA FC), Najib Yiga (Vipers SC), Hakim Kiwanuka (Proline FC), Derrick Kakooza (Police FC), Samuel Ssenyonjo (KCCA FC)
- Leader of Delegation: Rogers Byamukama
- Head Coach: Morley Byekwaso
- Assistant Coach: Simeon Massa
- Goalkeeping coach: Steven Billy Kiggundu
- Team Manager: Bashir mutyaba
- Team Doctor: Emmanuel Nakabago
- Kitsman: Samuel Mulondo
- Media Officer: Lawrence Bwanika
- FUFA Delegate: Isa Musiiwa
- FUFA Staff: Edward Kalungi