Wednesday, February 3
*Tanzania U20 Vs Uganda U20, 7pm
Uganda Hippos will face Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Heroes in the first of two friendly games at Azam Complex in Chamazi.
The second encounter between the two sides will be held on Saturday, after Namibia pulled out of the would be three-nation mini tournament.
The two friendly games will be the final assessment for both coaches ahead of the AFCON U20 Championship in Mauritania due February 15 to March 4, 2021.
The Hippos, in Group A alongside hosts Mauritania, Cameroon and Mozambique, will be making their debut at AFCON U20 Championship.
Speaking about the importance of the friendlies in Tanzania, Hippos coach Morley Byekwaso said:
“We have worked well on our attacking department. We need to practice more on scoring goals as it will help us a lot in the Final Tournament.
“The game against Tanzania in the Mini Tournament will help us find out how much work has been done in attack. There is no win that comes without scoring. My boys are hunters, they are thirsty for goals and will score. It will be a good test.”
Tanzania Going For Revenge:
Today’s encounter between Uganda and Tanzania is a repeat of the recent CECAFA U20 final in Arusha in December last year.
Uganda Hippos beat Tanzania 4-1 to win the Championship – Abdul Suleiman Hamis goal proved not enough for Tanzania after Richard Basangwa, Steven Sserwadda, Ivan Bogere and Kenneth Semakula had put the Hippos in a big lead.
“We are progressing well with training sessions and my squad has been boosted with the return of five players who were included in the Taifa Stars squad for CHAN,” Ngorongoro Heroes coach Jamhuri Kihwelo is quoted by Dailynews.
“I hope the exposure they gained while trading with Taifa Stars will be utilised well to upgrade our status.”
Uganda Hippos Probable Lineup – Jack Komakech (G.K), Gavin Kizito Mugweri, Aziz Kayondo, Musa Ramathan, Joseph Kafumbe, Isma Mugulusi, Bobosi Byaruhanga, Richard Basangwa, Najib Yiga, Ivan Bogere, Steven Sserwadda
Uganda Hippos probable XI – Jack Komakech, Gavin Kizito, Musa Ramathan, Aziz Kayondo, Joseph Kafumbe, Bobosi Byaruhanga, Yiga Najib, Isma Mugulusi, Richard Basangwa, Ivan Bogere, Steven Sserwadda
How To Watch – Match will be broadcast live on Azam TV.
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