East Africans Uganda will tackle Mozambique of their opening recreation of the Whole U-20 Africa Cup of Nations on the Olympic Stadium on Nouakchott on Monday afternoon. This would be the first time ever that the 2 nations will likely be enjoying on the match.
Uganda, the CECAFA area Beneath-20 champions are charged to make sure they carry out properly on the continental stage after their strong show on the qualification match held in Tanzania in December.
Uganda’s Hippos gained the match after beating the hosts 4-1 within the closing and they’re going to look to construct on with that very same line of confidence once they take to the pitch in Mauritania.
On the highway to reserving a ticket to the ultimate match, they completed high of Group B after demolishing Burundi 6-1 and drawing 0-Zero with South Sudan. Within the semi-finals, they have been 3-1 winners over Kenya earlier than trouncing Tanzania 4-1 within the closing.
They may peg their hopes on the scoring prowess of striker Ivan Bogere who scored 5 objectives in the course of the qualifiers in Tanzania. Bogere has been in sensational type for not solely the nationwide crew however former membership Proline as properly.
He scored 5 objectives in 4 matches throughout their Whole CAF Confederation Cup marketing campaign in 2020 and within the earlier yr, 2019, completed as the highest scorer with 15 objectives as Proline earned promotion to the Premier League.
The crew may even have seven gamers who featured on the 2019 Beneath-17 Cup of Nations in Tanzania, together with skipper Gavin Kizito, who additionally captained the Beneath-17 crew in Tanzania.
Coach Morley Byekwaso will hope the graceful transition of gamers from Beneath-17 to the Beneath-20 will likely be an ideal ingredient for victory over Mozambique of their opening match.
In preparation for the match, Uganda had a coaching camp in Tanzania the place they performed two pleasant matches in opposition to the hosts, successful 1-Zero and shedding the second 5-3.
The Mozambicans however are additionally trying to make an impression on the Continental stage, having come by as Champions of the COSAFA Zone qualifiers.
The Mambinhas beat Namibia 1-Zero within the closing, having beforehand overwhelmed a troublesome Zambia facet 5-Four on post-match penalties to e book a slot within the closing match. They’d completed high of Group A with seven factors having overwhelmed Lesotho and Zimbabwe earlier than drawing with hosts South Africa.
Coach Dario Monteiro is aware of it is not going to be a simple outing within the group, however will depend on the preventing spirit of his fees to push on for a spot into the knockout phases.
Previous to travelling to Nouakchott, the crew had a 10-day coaching camp within the Mozambican metropolis of Nampula to assist them put together for the match.
They’d a number of pleasant matches, drawing 1-1 with Premier League outfit Costa da Sol, having beforehand overwhelmed Matchedje de Maputo 2-1 and misplaced by way of the identical margin in opposition to União Desportiva do Songo and Black Bulls.
They’d additionally misplaced 3-1 to the Nampula provincial crew.
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