By: Edwin Kyle Kule
Uganda Hippos Head Coach Morley Byekwaso has strongly urged his players to remain focussed after their winning start against Mozambique at the U-20 African Cup of Nations.
Derrick Kakoza and Steven Sserwadda guided Uganda to the 2-0 victory against Mozambique at Stade Olympique in Nouakchott, Mauritania in the Monday afternoon fixture.
“We should remain focused,” Byekwaso told the press after the game before adding “ To ensure that our dream of qualifying from the group stages is reached. The tactician added.
“I pray to God to carry us through because it’s very crucial to us as a team and a country at large.”
“It should be noted that we have not yet qualified through the group stages because we still have two big games in the group.”
Byekwaso added: “Today’s game was fair and our other opponents now know how we play so the players have to up their game.”
Uganda Hippos found the back of the net through forward Derrick Kakooza who capitalised on Messiah’s handball in the penalty area, the former hardly made a mistake from the spot, sending Mozambique’s custodian the wrong side.
With four minutes left on the clock, Steven Sserwanda found the back of the net through a darling effort assisted by Kakooza who met Najib Yiga’s cross from the left flank.
According to the soft-spoken gaffer, The intensity and passion applied in the second stanza of the game helped the Hippos come out on top
“We told the boys at halftime to play with intensity which was key and it pulled us back into the game that seemed like there was no hope due to the physicality that was exhibited.”
Uganda Hippos sits at the helm of Group A tied on the same points with Cameroon however with a goal ahead.
On February 17, 2021, the two sides will meet to decide who stays at the summit of the group.