Uganda football governing body (FUFA) president Eng. Moses Magogo and Uganda Cranes head coach Johnathan McKinstry were impressed by the Hippos’ performance during their comfortable thrashing of Tunisia.
Following a 4-1 win over the Carthage Eagles, the Uganda U20 reached the U20 Africa Cup of Nations final in their maiden appearance at the tournament.
Both Magogo and McKinstry took to Twitter to appreciate the youngsters for the job well done.
And according to Magogo, it was not just a win depending on the kind of opponent the Hippos played against and how they managed to win.
“It is not the win but how and against who,” Magogo tweeted.
“Yes it is the TotalAFCONU20 semi final. Uganda 4 vs. Tunisia 1. Football is not an event, It is a process. It is Our Game, It is Our Country,” the tweet continued.
While McKinstry also tweeted; “It is hard to find words exultant enough to praise these young men and all of the support staff.”
“Huge congratulations to Coach Morley (Byekwaso) and all of the Uganda Hippos. A top class performance and a great night for Ugandan football. Onwards to the final.”
Police FC forward Derrick Kakooza managed a hat-trick as Vipers SC’s Richard Basangwa scored the other while Adam Ben Lamine was on target for Tunisia.
As McKinstry prepares to summon the Cranes squad ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier ties against Burkina Faso and Malawi we wait to see if the Irishman will be attracted to some of the lads in the Hippos team.
As we wind up the U20 AFCON in Mauritania, Uganda will take on Ghana in the final on Saturday, February 6. The Black Satellites beat Gambia U-20 in the other semi final.
Before the final on Saturday, there will be a third place playoff final between Gambia and Tunisia on Friday, February 5.