Wednesday, April 17
Uganda U17 3-0 Tanzania U17
(National Stadium, Dar)
Uganda’s U17 boys national football team, the Cubs are on the verge of a World Cup appearance.
The Cubs tore Tanzania’s Serengeti boys into pieces to seal a comfortable 3-0 victory in the ongoing 2019 AFCON Nations Africa U-17 Cup of Nations.
Uganda, taking part in the continental event for the very first time, had lost to Angola in the opener 1-0 but Wednesday’s response has brighten the qualification chance.
Andrew Kawooya scored the opener for Fabien Kwesi’s charges in the 15th minute, bundling home with his left foot to finish off Najib Yiga’s low cross at the far post.
Ivan ‘Di Maria’ Asaba doubled the advantage in the 28th minute when he fired from inside the box after a nice assist from Rogers Mugisha.
Najib Yiga scored the third in the second half. The striker was at the end of Justine Opiro’s lofty delivery after Thomas Kakaire’s short pass.
Goalkeeper Jack Komakech was vital in the posts as he pulled various reflex saves to ensure that the Cubs leaves with a clean sheet.
Uganda climbs to third place on the four team log with three points, level on points with Angola who lost to Nigeria.
The Cubs will face Nigeria on April 20 at Chamazi Stadium and the win will send Uganda through if Angola fails to beat hosts Tanzania.
It should be noted that the top four teams of the tournament will qualify for the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Brazil as the CAF representatives.