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AFCON U17: Coach Kwesi Optimistic Despite Angola Loss

Sunday, April 14
Tanzania U17 4-5 Nigeria U17
Uganda U17 0-1 Angola U17

Uganda’s U17 boys football team, Fabien Kwesi is still positive despite losing the opening game against Angola in the ongoing 2019 AFCON U17 Championship in Tanzania.

The tourney, is a biennial international youth football tournament organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for players aged 17 and below.

Uganda lost 1-0 to Angola in a group A game, falling to an Osvaldo Pedro strike just after the half hour mark at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

Coach Kwesi (right). FUFA

Reflecting on the loss, Coach Kwesi explained:

“I congratulate my colleague (Angola coach) for a good game. We all put our plans into play, they had one chance and they took it, we had several and missed them and that was the difference.

“The goal that we conceded, when they had a goal kick we switched off and they took us before we reacted and the ball was in the net.”

The cubs will rue missed opportunities, with Najib Yiga, Andrew Kawooya, Ibra Mugulusi, Najib Yiga and Ibrahim Juma all having chances. The latter was sent out off in the 87th minute.

The Cubs

“We will go back to the drawing board and correct the mistakes that we made so that we can approach the second match strongly,” added Kwesi.

“We are down but not out yet.”

It should be remembered that the top four teams of the tournament will qualify for the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Brazil as the CAF representatives.

Uganda is in Pool A alongside Angola, Nigeria and hosts Tanzania. The Cubs need to come among the top two in the group.

Uganda will return to action on April 17 against Tanzania before facing Nigeria at Chamazi Stadium on April 20.

Guinea, Cameroon, Morocco and Senegal are the teams in group B.

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