Mauritania – The under 20 men’s team, the Uganda Hippos have qualified for the final of the U20 Africa Cup of Nations after thrashing Tunisia 4-1.
The Match was played at Stade Cheikha Ould Boïdiya in Mauritania.
A hat-trick from Derrick Kakooza coupled with a strike from Richard Basangwa sent Hippos to the final match of the tournament where they will play Ghana.
Basangwa gave Hippos the lead inside five minutes with a great finish on the turn. The Vipers SC forward was at the end of Gavin Kizito’s cross, turned his man, and shot a low drive to beat Elias Damergy.
In the 36th minute, Uganda Hippos were celebrating again. Basangwa broke on the left and set up Kakooza to double the lead with the easiest of tap-ins.
The Hippos, however, conceded from poor marking in the area barely two minutes later as Ben Lamin humoured in a rebound off Jack Komakech’s save at the near post.
At the stroke of halftime, Isma Mugulusi was denied by the woodwork following a ferocious effort from a long way out and Hippos took a slim 2-1 lead into the break.
Morley Byekwaso’s Uganda Hippos XI included Jack Komakech (GK), Gavin Kizito (C), Musa Ramathan, Kenneth Semakula, Bobsi Byaruhanga, Isma Mugulusi, Steven Sserwadda, Richard Basangwa, Najib Yiga and Derrick Kakooza (Man of the Match).
Bobosi Byaruhanga is from Kisoro district and has been featuring well in midfield.