By Edwin Kyle Kule
The Uganda Hippos will meet Burkina Faso U20 in the quarter-finals of the U20 Africa Cup of Nations currently unfolding in Mauritania.
Burkina Faso’s 1-0 victory over Namibia at the Stade Cheikha Ould Boïdiya in Nouakchott on Sunday courtesy of second half substitute Kouame Botue’s goal confirmed the Burkinabe as group B leaders setting up the meeting with Uganda at the Stade Olympique Nouakchott on February 26.
The Uganda Hippos had to come from behind to win against tournament hosts Mauritania 2-1 on Saturday to seal a quarter-final berth, finishing second in Group A.
Striker Derrick Kakooza’s penalty four minutes from time claimed victory over Mauritania after Steven Sserwadda had drew Uganda level in the 60th minute.
The Hippos qualified from Group A in the second position alongside Cameroon who sat at the helm of the log after securing three wins from three games played at the Stade Olympique in Nouakchott.
The Hippos started their AFCON journey with a 2-0 victory over Mozambique thanks to Derrick Kakooza’s penalty and Steven Sserwada’s goal shortly after he had been introduced in during the second half.
In the second game Sunday Njang Junior’s header sunk Uganda as they registered a 1-0 loss against Cameroon.
After a stalemate in the first game against Tunisia, Burkina Faso picked their first win against Central Africa Republic.
CAR were the first to score through Isaac Ngooma before Joffery Bazie levelled matters. Second half goals from defender Eric Chardey and forward Daouda Beleme’s goals sealed Burkina Faso’s 3-1 victory.
It should be noted that Uganda Hippos are playing their maiden U20 AFCON tournament while Burkina Faso are making their fourth appearance, reaching the semi-finals in 2003.