The Uganda U20 comprehensively defeated Tunisia U20 to reach the final of the U20 Africa Cup of Nations, where they face three-time winners Ghana.
Derrick Kakooza’s and another from Richard Basangwa earned the Morley Byekwaso coached side a 4-1 victory over the Carthage Eagles in the semi finals.
Speaking to media after the game, the KCCA FC assistant coached noted that while the Hippos are not the strongest at the tournament, they are showing character in the way they are playing.
“We are not the strongest but when you get a chance to see how we play, we try as much as possible to emulate a good game,” Byekwaso said.
“And as I told you before, we handle and play every game as they come that is the simple equation to how we have managed to reach this far.”
“Tunisia is a very good team, truth be told we have taken three good days minus sleeping we respect them so much because they are one of the three super power teams in Africa, who would not respect them?”
“Coming into the game, we knew they could win and therefore tried to do what could stop them from winning and that is how we won the contest,” he added.
Reaching the final may have been something huge to achieve by a debutant side like Uganda but having achieved it the youngsters are at least assured of a silver medal but there is also big prize at stake in the golden medal.
“Our performance at this tournament is a big motivational factor to our country as a whole in as far as football is concerned and most especially to the boys who will breakthrough into the Uganda Cranes team.”
“It is really going to motivate us so much in the next five years to see that we invest a lot in young kids,” Byekwaso noted.
This could also be a stepping stone in the careers of most Hippos players in the likes of Jack Komakech, Richard Basangwa, Steven Sserwadda and Kakooza among others who have surely had a good performance at this tournament.
Ghana who beat Gambia 1-0 in the other semi-final will be Uganda’s opponents on Saturday, February 6.