Africa: Uganda, Mozambique Step to the Pitch for Maiden Taste of U-20 Afcon

East Africans Uganda will obtain on Mozambique in their opening sport of the Total U-20 Africa Cup of Countries at the Olympic Stadium on Nouakchott on Monday afternoon. It can perhaps per chance well be the first time ever that the 2 countries will be having fun with at the tournament.

Uganda, the CECAFA space Beneath-20 champions are charged to be distinct they devise successfully at the continental stage after their solid show at the qualification tournament held in Tanzania in December.

Uganda’s Hippos received the tournament after beating the hosts 4-1 within the closing and they’ll query to create on with that similar line of self assurance after they obtain to the pitch in Mauritania.

On the avenue to reserving a imprint to the closing tournament, they executed top of Neighborhood B after demolishing Burundi 6-1 and drawing 0-0 with South Sudan. Within the semi-finals, they were 3-1 winners over Kenya sooner than trouncing Tanzania 4-1 within the closing.

They’re going to peg their hopes on the scoring prowess of striker Ivan Bogere who scored five dreams for the length of the qualifiers in Tanzania. Bogere has been in sensational dangle for no longer excellent the nationwide team however worn membership Proline as successfully.

He scored five dreams in four suits for the length of their Total CAF Confederation Cup marketing campaign in 2020 and within the outdated yr, 2019, executed because the tip scorer with 15 dreams as Proline earned promotion to the Premier League.

The team can even accept as true with seven players who featured at the 2019 Beneath-17 Cup of Countries in Tanzania, together with skipper Gavin Kizito, who also captained the Beneath-17 team in Tanzania.

Coach Morley Byekwaso will hope the at ease transition of players from Beneath-17 to the Beneath-20 will be a ideal ingredient for victory over Mozambique in their opening match.

In preparation for the tournament, Uganda had a training camp in Tanzania where they performed two pleasant suits against the hosts, a hit 1-0 and losing the second 5-3.

The Mozambicans on the opposite hand are also searching for to manufacture an affect at the Continental stage, having arrive by as Champions of the COSAFA Zone qualifiers.

The Mambinhas beat Namibia 1-0 within the closing, having beforehand beaten a troublesome Zambia facet 5-4 on put up-match penalties to e book a slot within the closing tournament. They had executed top of Neighborhood A with seven functions having beaten Lesotho and Zimbabwe sooner than drawing with hosts South Africa.

Coach Dario Monteiro knows this may no longer be a in point of fact clear-crop day day out within the neighborhood, however will depend on the combating spirit of his costs to push on for a space into the knockout levels.

Sooner than travelling to Nouakchott, the team had a 10-day training camp within the Mozambican metropolis of Nampula to succor them put together for the tournament.

They had several pleasant suits, drawing 1-1 with Premier League outfit Costa da Sol, having beforehand beaten Matchedje de Maputo 2-1 and lost by technique of the similar margin against União Desportiva manufacture Songo and Gloomy Bulls.

They had also lost 3-1 to the Nampula provincial team.

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