Uganda Hippos forward Derrick was pleased with both his individual and the team’s performance against Tunisia in the Africa Cup of Nations semi-final on Monday night.
Kakooza was the hero of the day scoring a sublime hat-trick as the Uganda U20 side thrashed the Tunisia 4-1 to reach the AFCON final during their maiden appearance at the tournament.
Richard Basangwa scored the other Hippos’ goal while Adam Ben Lamine bagged one for Tunisia.
“First of all I want to thank the Almighty God that I scored a hat-trick which helped us to qualify for the final,” Kakooza said after the game before adding.
“And in a special way I want to also thank my coaches and my teammates who have seen me achieve this because I am now the tournament’s top scorer with five goals.”
“And my instinct tell me that we are going to bring the trophy home I therefore request our fans to continue praying for us so that we can complete the task,” he added.
After netting three, the Police FC striker went home with the match ball as well as the man of the match award.
He is the leading goal scorer at the tournament with five goals; scored against Mozambique and hosts Mauritania in the group stages plus a semi-final hat-trick against Tunisia.
On Saturday, February 6, Uganda will face three-time champions Ghana in this year’s final and Kakooza should carry his scoring boots if the Hippos are to get positive results from the encounter.
Ghana defeated Gambia 1-0 in the other semi-final played on Monday.