AFCON U20: The Coronavirus pandemic costs Hippos’ World Cup engagement

The Uganda Hippos are caught on the unlucky side with coronavirus standing in their way as far as playing at the U20 FIFA World Cup is concerned.

In the quarter-finals of the U20 Africa Cup of Nations, Morley Byekwaso’s charges beat Burkina Faso 5-3 on penalty shootouts following a goalless draw after extra time, reaching the semi-finals of the U20 AFCON during their first time of participation.

After booking a slot among the last four at the competition in Mauritania, it meant that the Hippos also qualified for the youth World Cup.

However on a sad note, the World Cup tournament that was due to happen in Indonesia later this year was cancelled due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.

The Byekwaso coached side would have become the first Ugandan national football team to play at a global football showpiece.

With the above opportunity blown away, the Hippos will continue focusing on maybe bringing the AFCON trophy home.

Besides Uganda, three-time African Champions Ghana are another team that confirmed a semi final slot after eliminating Cameroon 4-2 on penalty shootouts following a one-all draw after extra time.

On Friday, Tunisia defeated Morocco 4-1 on penalties to book a semifinal date with Uganda while Gambia defeated the Central African Republic 3-0 to make the last four where they will face Ghana.

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