Uganda Hippos Target Second Win in AFCON U-20 To Storm Quarter Finals

Uganda Hippos, the National Under-20 team is targeting a perfect run in Group B when they face Congo Brazzaville on Thursday night at the Sueuz Canal Stadium, Egypt at the on-going 2023 TotalEnergies U-20 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

Uganda kicked off their campaign with a 2-1 win over The Central African Republic on Monday which took them to the top of group B.

But, their next opponents (Congo Brazzaville) equally won 2-1 over debutants South Sudan on the same day, tying the two teams in first place in the group.

An encounter between joint Group B table leaders Uganda and Congo Brazzaville creates a more enticing clash as victory for any of the teams will see it book a quarter final place.

Head Coach Jackson Mayanja says their ultimate target is to secure a second victory so that they go into their final group game against South Sudan without pressure on them.  

After the first group win Coach Mayanja defended his team saying that many of the players were naïve because they were playing at the continental level for the first time, but added that they will get better after winning the opening match.

Team captain, Isma Muguluusi could not shy away from admitting that the match will be hard for his side considering the fact that the two teams will be vying for an early advantage but added that if the players follow advise by the technical bench, they are capable of getting positive results.

But before Uganda Hippos take to the field, South Sudan will face The Central African Republic in the first Group B match of the day.

On Wednesday Senegal became the first team to qualify for the quarter final stage after they stopped Mozambique 3-0 in a Group A encounter played at the Cairo International Stadium. It was Senegal’s second win after they dispatched Nigeria 1-0 in their first match.

The U-20 AFCON also serves as a qualifier for the Under-20 World Cup 2023, with the best four teams (semi-finalists) qualifying for the tournament later in Indonesia. Uganda’s team will just need to reach the semifinals to clinch a place in the World Cup.

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