CECAFA AFCON U20 Zonal Qualifiers
Uganda vs Sudan
Kober Stadium, Khartoum
The Uganda Men’s U20 national team returns into action today against hosts Sudan in the semi finals at the ongoing CECAFA AFCON U20 Zonal Qualifiers in Sudan at the Kober Stadium in Khartoum.
It will be the first time in the tournament that the Hippos will be playing on at the stadium which has an artificial tuff-surface.
Nothing but qualification to the final AFCON U20 tournament in Egypt next year is what Uganda will be aiming at having tasted the fruits in the previous edition in Mauritania, 2021.
Against the hosts Sudan, the Hippos face a huge mountain to climb as they come up against the side who finished top in Group A. Uganda finished second in group B after winning one and losing the other of their two group games.
Interim head Coach Jackson Mayanja is however positive they will do the needful to seal qualification.
“We are well aware of the task before us and what our target is. Mayanja said in his pre-game press briefing.
“We are playing on artificial turf but this is not an issue because we have played on it before at home. This is an important match for us and we shall give our best.”
Skipper Isma Mugulusi expressed his delight for returning and hopes his experience here will count.
“I thank God we are in the semis; everyone knows the importance of this game and as a player I will give all I can to ensure we go through because playing at the AFCON will be another opportunity for us to market ourselves just like we did in Mauritania.”
In the other semi final match-up, South Sudan with take on Ethiopia. The two finalists will represent the CECAFA region at the 2023 AFCON U20 tournament in Egypt.