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CECAFA U20: Preview, Predicted Lineup and How To Watch Hippos

Sunday, November 22
*Tanzania 6-1 Djibouti

Monday, November 23
*Ethiopia Vs Kenya – 1pm
*South Sudan Vs Uganda – 4pm


Uganda will kick start their Cecafa Under-20 Championship with a Group B fixture against South Sudan at Sheikh Amri Abeid in Arusha, Tanzania.

The winner of this tournament will qualify for the AFCON Under-20 tournament set in Mauritania next year.

“We are looking forward to play our first game and we expect positive results from the game,” said Captain Gavin Kizito Mugweri.

“We are set and fit both mentally and physically to play because we prepared very well and we came not just to participate but to win the tournament to see that we proceed to the next level of AFCON.”

Against South Sudan, they face a team oozing with confidence after their senior team beat the Uganda Cranes 1-0 in Kenya last week in AFCON Qualifiers.

The South Sudan side has been camping in Arusha at Agha Khan University since November 9 in preparation for the tourney.

The Hippos will face a familiar face of Joseph Dhata who recently signed for SC Vipers.

After South Sudan, the Hippos will play Burundi on November 25 for their last group game.

The championship has nine teams;
*Group A – Tanzania, Rwanda, Somalia and Djibouti
*Group B – Burundi, South Sudan, Uganda
*Group C – Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan

The top team in each group will proceed to the semifinals, alongside the best runner-up.

South Sudan U20 team in Tanzania for Cecafa. SSFA

How To Watch: The games will be broadcast on Azam TV, which can be accessed on decoder and Phone App.
You can listen to live radio commentary of the Uganda Vs South Sudan game on FUFA FM or follow updates on The-SportsNation social media pages.

Probable Lineup for Uganda Hippos

Uganda Hippos after a training session in Arusha. FUFA

Coach Morley Byekwaso faces the biggest headache of assembling a strong side to avoid last year’s shock that saw Uganda knocked out by Tanzania 1-0 at Pece Stadium in Gulu.

The team will be without stars like KCCA new signing Andrew Kawooya and Police FC’s Derrick Kakooza, who according to sources, were some of the players dropped not to risk the uncertainties of MRI Scan.

The inclusion of Alpha ‘Thierry Ssali, the son of Singer turned NRM activist Bebe Cool, has received mixed emotions but the Proline youngster is expected to start from the bench.

Ascent’s Jack Komakech is expected to start in goal ahead of Denis Ssendyowa.

KCCA FC’s starlet Steven Sserwadda and Vipers’ Aziz Kayondo will be deployed at fullback positions while Musa Ramathan and captain Gavin Kizito Mugweri partner at the heart of the defence.

Kenneth Ssemakula who recently crossed from Busoga to BUL FC, is expected to play as a holding midfielder (a position he can exchange with Musa Ramathan for centre back).

Bobosi Byaruhanga will sit on the middle of the park, while his Vipers’ compatriot Richard Basangwa and Mbarara City’s Raymond Derrick Onyai to be deployed at wings.

Najib Yiga and Ivan Bogere are expected to lead the front-line and carry the scoring burden as the Hippos seek to get off the mark.

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