By Norman Isaac Mwambazi
When outgoing Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) president Moses Magogo took over the leadership of the football governing body in August 2013, he promised among other things, to develop the youth football sector in the country the success of which will contribute to the success of the senior national team.
With the current success of the Uganda under-20 football team known as the Uganda Hippos at the African Cup Of Nations (AFCON) U20 tournament in Mauritania, it looks like Magogo’s plans are on the right course. Last night, the Uganda Hippos thrashed Tunisia 4 – 1 at Stade Cheikha Ould Boïdiya in Mauritania to match to the final of this continental tournament for the first time in the country’s history.
Uganda’s goals were scored by Derrick Kakooza who walked away with the match ball for his three goals, and the other goal was scored by Vipers SC forward Richard Basangwa.
Basangwa gave the Hippos the lead inside five minutes with a great finish on the turn assisted by Gavin Kizito. Uganda Hippos got their second goal in the 36th minute when Basangwa turned from scorer to provider to set up Kakooza to tap-in.
Two minutes later, Tunisia pulled one back through Ben Lamin meaning the first half ended with Uganda in the driving set.
In the second half, Tunisia tried to fight back but the Hippos proved to be stronger, with Kakooza scoring two more goals in the 50th and 75th minute to complete his hattrick and put the match to bed.
The final of the AFCON U20 tournament will be played on Saturday March 6, 2021, with Uganda playing Ghana who beat Gambia 1 – 0 in the other semi-final.
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