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Lutalo Confident As Cubs Beat Ethiopia To Learn Semi Final Opponent

Friday, December 18
*Uganda 3-0 Ethiopia

Sunday, December 20
*Djibouti Vs Uganda

Uganda Cubs coach Hamza Lutalo is confident after his side beat Ethiopia in the last group A game of the ongoing CECAFA U17 Championship in Kigali, Rwanda.

The Cubs, who opened with a 5-0 win over Kenya, rolled past Ethiopia on Friday to top the group with six points.

KCCA junior team forward Oscar Mawa proved too good once again with a brace to add on his hat- trick on Wednesday.

Ivan Irinimbabazi scored the third as Cubs handed Ethiopians a lesson.

“We managed to play good football even though we scored few goals but I think it was because of bad weather, the rain has been too much and Ethiopia too had technically come wanting to qualify for the semifinals,” Lutalo said.

Travis Mutyaba (10) in action as Uganda Cubs beat Ethiopia. Cecafa photo

Uganda will now face Djibouti in the semis for a place in the final, while Ethiopia and Tanzania meet in the other semi.

The two finalists qualify automatically to the AFCON U17 Finals set next year in Morocco.

“But I promise all our fans back in Uganda that we are going to fight so hard to reach finals and we are playing Djibouti next which plays the same style like Ethiopia but I promise that we are going to do everything possible to win them and go to the finals to win the trophy,” Lutalo added.

“We need to work on our pressing, the boys have to press high such that we get goals, semi final is semi finals so now we have to forget group stages, because once you lose you forget the AFCON in morocco, but I think we will make it to Morocco.”


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