Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda Cubs will open their U-17 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) campaign against the hosts Morroco at the Moulay Hassan Stadium on March 13th, 2021.
The draws conducted on Wednesday by the Confederation of African Football- CAF Competition Director, Samson Adamu, placed Uganda in Group A alongside Zambia, Cote D’ivoire and hosts Morroco.
Uganda Cubs are currently in residential training at the FUFA Technical Center Njeru under the management of coach, Hamza Lutalo. This is will be the second consecutive time for the Uganda Cubs to participate in the U17 Afcon finals. Uganda got her debut of the tournament in the 2019 edition that was held in Tanzania.
However, the team failed to make it out of the group stages. Uganda qualified for the U17 Afcon after winning the CECAFA U-17 Championship in Tanzania last year. The competition also served as the CECAFA qualifiers for the 2021 Africa U-17 Cup of Nations. The two finalists of the tournament represented CECAFA in the CAF U-17 continental competition.
Coach Hamza Lutalo is counting on the performance the youngsters exhibited at the CECAFA level. Uganda won the tournament with an unbeaten run scoring 12 goals and conceding only one. On an individual basis, Ugandan players also scooped almost all individual accolades.
Attacking midfielder Travis Mutyaba was declared the most valuable player of the tournament, striker Oscar emerged top scorer while the goalkeeper, Henry Mwebe scooped the golden gloves. The 2021 U-17 Afcon is the 14th edition of the U17 Afcon.
Group B: Nigeria, Algeria, Tanzania, Congo
Group C: Cameroon, Senegal, Mali, South Africa