COMPETITION: U-20 Total CAF Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Zonal Qualifiers
DATE: 23 November – 05, December 2020
Uganda U-20 national men’s football team alias Hippos will open their Total CAF Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Zonal Qualifiers on Monday, 23rd November 2020 against South Sudan in Arusha City, Tanzania.
Ahead of the game, Uganda Hippos Head Coach, Morley Byekwaso has maintained faith on his charges and believes that they will return good proceeds as he has also set personal targets.
“The squad of 20 players that I have selected has worked hard and they will make the country proud,” Byekwaso told FUFA website
“My primary target just like any other Ugandan is to see that the team reaches to the final of this tournament. If this is achieved, we shall be rest assured of the ticket to play in the AFCON final tournament in Mauritania,” Byekwaso added.
Byekwaso has also maintained Gavin Kizito Mugweri as captain of the team.
Byekwaso believes Mugweri who plies his trade at SC Villa has leadership skills and he is a player that can motivate the rest of the team.
“I have looked at the player’s quality and his leadership skills to take the team ahead. He will carry the responsiblity of captaining the team. I have confidence and belief in him,” Byekwaso stated.
Mugweri was captain of the Uganda U17 (Cubs) team that featured at the 2018 U17 Africa Cup of Nations. He also served in the same role last year at the CECAFA U20 Tournament held in Uganda.
Meanwhile, the team is accommodated at Premier Palace Hotel, Arusha.
The U-20 qualifiers will see 11 countries competing. There are three groups with hosts and defending champions Tanzania in group A alongside Somalia and Djibouti.
Group B has Uganda, Eritrea, Burundi and South Sudan whilst group C has Ethiopia, Kenya and Sudan.
Leader of Delegation: Ariga Rasoul Ibrahim
Head coach: Byekwaso Morley
Fitness coach: Felix Ayobo
Goalkeeping coach: Kiggundu Billy
Team Coordinator: Namusisi Joan
Team Doctor: Katumba Yahaya
Kits Manager: Bumpenje Frank
Media Officer :Mpagi Farid
Ssenyondwa Denis Kaala, Bbosa Richard, Kayondo Abdu Aziizi, Musa Ramathan, Kizito Mugweri Gavin, Semakula Kenneth, Mugulusi Isma, Sserwadda Steven, Bogere Ivan, Bukenya Joseph Kizza, Asaba Ivan, Kafumbe Joseph, Onyait Raymond, Mulindi Ashiraf, Byaruhanga Bobosi, Basangwa Richard, Wabyoona Faisal, Yiga Najib, Komakech Jack and Ssali Alpha Thierry.