By Edwin Kyle Kule
Uganda Hippos head coach Morley Byekwaso claims the triumph and success achieved by his side at the recently concluded CECAFA U20 Challenge Cup wasn’t a surprise.
Byekwaso and his charges achieved the milestone after defeating hosts Tanzania 4-1 in the final at the Black Rhino Academy in Karatu on Wednesday.
“It wasn’t a surprise,” Byekwaso told FUFA media shortly after the team returned to Uganda from Tanzania on Friday morning.
“Our success came through preparations because we were given enough time to organise the team and it really helped us a lot.”
Byekwaso disclosed that the team relied so much on the spiritual health and then boosted their physical health during the preparations leading to the tournament.
“We had lots of friendly games with KCCA and it helped us improve and find out our mistakes and iron them out.”
“It helped us a lot because we took God as our first priority and our second priority was hard work which put us in the right path and God rewarded us through trusting him and working hard.”
The Hippos not only lifted the regional title but also together with Tanzania clinched a spot at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations U20 finals due in Mauritania.
Each player on the Hippos squad will also pocket a token of UGX 4 million from the Federation of Uganda Football Associations for the triumph.