AFCON U20: Uganda Hippos Out To Seal Quarterfinal Berth

Wednesday, February 22
*Mozambique 0-3 Senegal
*Nigeria 1-0 Egypt

Thursday, February 23
*Central African Republic Vs South Sudan – 5pm
*Congo Vs Uganda – 8pm

Uganda Hippos will be hoping to reach the Quarterfinals when they face off with Congo in their second Group B match at the ongoing AFCON U20.

The Hippos beat Central African Republic 2-1 thanks to goals from Isma Mugulusi and John Paul Ddembe.

And another win on Thursday will send the Hippos not only to six points, but through to the last eight.

“We’re prepared to win on Thursday to have an easy qualification to the next round,” said Hippos coach Jackson Mayanja.

“The Congo game is going to be a very tough game, but I think we’re very prepared to make sure this is the game which can make us qualify to the next round. My team and the entire technical staff is looking at that game and we’re going to handle that game as a very, very serious game more than even a final.”

It’s strong to note that the semi finalists at this year’s World Cup will qualify for the U20 World Cup later this year.

“Of course, like a team which is trying to qualify for the World Cup we are not going to sit back because I believe in attacking football and what we’re going to do.

“We want to go and attack Congo until the end, there is nothing to stay back. Modern game is an open game but most importantly tomorrow, we must put Congo in their backyard.

“I saw Congo play they’re the same players and technically not a bad team because in Congo their players are all technical players, but I think we have a good quality in my team more than the players from Congo. We have quality players who can do the job the way I want us to approach the game.”

Against Central African Republic, the Hippos were by far the best side but could not finish with a clean sheet after conceding late in the game.

And against Congo, it will be a difficult test after the side beat South Sudan 2-1 in their opener as well.

Congo coach Marie Joseph Madienguela said that they are facing a good team.

He added: “Our players are very confident and they’re very direct with their play.

“This is a very serious match, and we are very focused on that. We’re very prepared to face Uganda. We hope to win the match against Uganda.

“Our players are ready, we don’t have any injury worries going into the match and we’re in good conditions and they have been training very well.”



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