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Uganda’s Hippos carry East African hopes in AFCON final

Tonight’s AFCON U20 final graphic by CAF-ONLINE

TODAY – 11pm 

Uganda 🇺🇬 vs Ghana 🇬🇭 

Nouakchott, Mauritania | CAF ONLINE & THE INDEPENDENT | History beckons for Uganda’s Hippos as they become the first East African team to contest the Total Under-20 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) final today.

No East African youth team has won the AFCON U20 Tournament before, let alone reach the final.

Like Phillip Omondi’s Uganda Cranes did in the senior AFCON version in 1978 when they eventually faced Ghana, the Uganda’s Under-20 team the Hippos have also surprised many, and walked past potential giants to reach the final.

While all eyes were on leading scorer Omondi in the 1978 final, the focus this time is on Derrick Kakooza, who starred with a hattrick as debutants Uganda continued with their dream run at the Total Under-20 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) by beating Tunisia 4-1 in the semifinals on Monday.

Kakooza hat-trick on Monday night spurred Uganda into the AFCON U-20 tournament final on their debut. PHOTO CAFONLINE MEDIA

Kakooza leads the scorers chat with five goals, and any additional goal will not only seal the prize for the top marksman, but could hand Uganda an astonishing debut win.  Ghanaian Preciuos Boah is second on the charts, with three goals.

Hippos Head Coach Morley Byekwaso believes it is time for his team to accomplish the mission by winning the trophy. The team can secure a $200,000 (Sh740M) winning cash prize promised by soccer governing body FUFA if they win the tournament.

“We have gone through many challenges but we remained strong.Calmness is the key to our victories since the beginning and we have no pressure. We shall only be fighting to become champions,” he said ahead of the final.

He said Ghana are a good side, but the Hippos believe in themselves and are ready to challenge them.

“Like we have been playing in the previous games, we shall bring out what we are best at doing naturally. We expect a very tough match but it is for us to accomplish our mission by winning the trophy,” said Byekwaso.

Road to the Final

Group A 

Uganda 2-0 Mozambique

Cameroon 0-1 Uganda

Mauritania 1-2 Uganda

Quarterfinals

Uganda 0(5)-0(3) Burkina Faso.

Semifinals

Uganda 4-1 Tunisia

The reaction at the final whistle. PHOTO CAFONLINE MEDIA

Edition Year Host nation Final Third Place Match
Champion Score Second Place Third Place Score Fourth Place
14 2003
Details
 Burkina Faso
Egypt
4 – 3
Ivory Coast

Mali
1 – 1
(5 – 4)
on penalties

Burkina Faso
15 2005
Details
 Benin
Nigeria
2 – 0
Egypt

Benin
1 – 1
(5 – 3)
on penalties

Morocco
16 2007
Details
 Republic of the Congo
Congo
1 – 0
Nigeria

Gambia
3 – 1
Zambia
17 2009
Details
 Rwanda
Ghana
2 – 0
Cameroon

Nigeria
2 – 1
South Africa
18 2011
Details
 South Africa
Nigeria
3 – 2
aet

Cameroon

Egypt
1 – 0
Mali
19 2013
Details
 Algeria
Egypt
1 – 1
(5 – 4)
on penalties

Ghana

Nigeria
2 – 1
Mali
20 2015
Details
 Senegal
Nigeria
1 – 0
Senegal

Ghana
3 – 1
Mali

Edition Year Host nation Final Third Place Match
Champion Score Second Place Third Place Score Fourth Place
21 2017
Details
 Zambia
Zambia
2 – 0
Senegal

Guinea
2 – 1
South Africa
22 2019
Details
 Niger
Mali
1 – 1
(3 – 2)
on penalties

Senegal

South Africa
0 – 0
(5 – 3)
on penalties

Nigeria
23 2021
Details
 Mauritania
Ghana
/
Uganda
TBD
Uganda/
Ghana

Gambia
0 – 0
(4 – 2)
on penalties

Tunisia

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ADDITIONIAL SOURCE: WIKIPEDIA & FUFA.CO.UG

 

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