Appearing at the AFCON-U20 Championships for the first time, the Uganda Hippos have scaled dizzy heights that many never saw coming.
Debuting at the coveted tournament that convenes the top teams on the Continent, doubters were steady fast to write Uganda Hippo’s obituary. The doubters pointed to inexperience and stage flight as the side’s undoing.
However, Coach Morley Bwekwaso’s juggernaut has stealthy thrived under the ” Underdogs” tag and the results can literally do the talking.
The Hippos claimed a high profile scalp when they ejected favourites Burkina Faso out of the tournament via post match penalties to book a spot in the semi finals.
Moments to their Burkina Faso match-up, the Hippos contingent had a Zoom meeting with FUFA Boss Moses Magogo, who in his pep remarks, stacked a whooping USD 200,000, approximately UGX740M, if the lads return home as eventual Champions at the Total AFCON U20 Championships in Mauritania.
With benefit of hindsight, it seems the team heed Magogo’s words and, responded with a hard fought victory over the Burkinabes on Thursday night to boast their hopes of taking home the stacked prize money.
The national Youth team have already pocketed up to USD 80,000 from FUFA for getting out of the group stages to reach the Quarterfinals in their maiden appearance at the tournament.
Uganda will now face Tunisia in the semi finals.