Last night was a historical moment for the footballing fraternity and sport as a whole in Uganda as the U20 national team dubbed the Hippos made it to the continental finals in the U20 category.
The U20 team under the experienced coach Molly Byekwaso ran rampage over North African giants Tunisia thumping the Carthage Eagles 4 goals to 1. Five minutes had barely elapsed when Uganda found the net through Richard Basangwa in the fourth minute. Uganda doubled their lead in the 36th minute through Derrick Kakooza before Tunisia pulled one back towards halftime to keep their hopes alive.
However just 10 minutes into the second half, Kakooza gave Tunisia an uphill task to do when he got his second for the night and Uganda’s third. Kakooza who was surely on fire last night completed his hat-trick in the 75th minute after he got the Uganda Hippos a fourth on a night to recall in Mauritania where the tournament is being hosted.
The Hippos who who edged out West African country Burkina Faso 5-3 on penalties will be up against another West African country, Ghana who seem the competition’s favorites.
The boys will be looking up to make history as the first in Uganda’s footballing history to win a continental championship under the CAF organization and the winner will walk away with a whooping 200,000 USD.
The under 20 national team which contains Bebe Cool’s son Alpha Thierry Ssali is in good and high spirits after they won gold in the CECAFA championship after having walloped hosts Tanzania 4-1 back in December last year.
We only wish them nothing but all the best in the final that is to take place on Saturday 6th March.