The Uganda Hippos powered past Tunisia 4-1 on Monday, March 01 to reach the finals of the AFCON U20 championships in Mauritania.
A Derrick Kakooza hat trick and Richard Basangwa opening goal did the trick for the Hippos who are currently making their debut at the under age tournament.
Speaking after the game, Hippos head coach Morley Byekwaso noted that his side is not the strongest but try their best to get results.
“We give thanks to the Almighty Allah for enabling us play and thank you all for witnessing this game. Byekwaso stated.
“As I told you earlier Uganda will play game by game. We are not the strongest but we try as much as possible to reflect you so that we get results.
Byekwaso saw his side eliminate Burkina Faso on penalties, last week to book a date with Tunisia.
Everyone anticipated a difficult game for the Hippos as they were coming up against a side that had eliminated one of the past winners in Morocco.
“Tunisia is a very good team.
“For sure we’ve taken three days without sleeping because we respect them so much as they are one of the super powers in Africa.
“We knew they were favourites to win but we tried to do what would stop them and somehow won the game.”
With the Uganda Cranes seemingly taking new shape Byekwaso admits Hippos reaching the AFCON U20 finals is a big motivation factor for youth football in Uganda.
“It is a big motivation factor for the country and I think its going to motivate us more in the next five years or so to see that we invest a lot in young kids to strengthen our senior national team.
Uganda will now take on Ghana in the final that will be played on Saturday. Ghana overcame Gambia 1-0 in the other semi final.