Uganda Hippos qualifies for 2017 COSAFA U-20 semifinals


OSAFA U-20 Youth Championship:

MONDAY’S RESULTS:

Group A

  • Zambia 2-0 Swaziland – Nkana Stadium
  • Malawi 1-1 Uganda – Arthur Davies Stadium

Vipers Sports Club midfielder Frank ‘Zaga’ Tumwesigye late strike for the Uganda U-20 Hippos team  saw the nation settle for a one-all draw with Malawi during a Group A match of the COSAFA U-20 Championship at the Arthur Davies Stadium in Zambia on Monday.

Hamisi Tibita of Uganda and Hadjison Wali of Malawi during the 2017 COSAFA U20 football match between Malawi and Uganda at Arthur Davies Stadium,Kitwe on 11 December 2017 ©Sydney Kalunga/BackpagePix

Uganda played the game without their talisman and captain Muhammed ‘Jaggarson’ Shaban and right back Fred Okot.

Muhammad Kasule of Uganda and Hadjison Wali of Malawi during the 2017 COSAFA U20 football match between Malawi and Uganda at Arthur Davies Stadium,Kitwe on 11 December 2017 ©Sydney Kalunga/BackpagePix

Express midfielder Abubakar Kasule and Proline’s David Owori got close in the first half, BUL center forward Hamisi Tibita took over Shaban’s slot and Julius Poloto was drifted to right back.

Uganda technical bench led by Mathias Lule was saddened by the opening strike from Fred Madinga in the 70th minute.

With 13 minutes left on the clock, on came Vipers’ creative and stylish midfielder Frank ‘Zaga’ Tumwesigye for Owori.

The change yielded instant dividends as the midfielder’s shot on goal was parried by goal keeper C. Thom before Mukwala calmly finished in the 81st minute.

Uganda received four bookings in the highly charged and physical match.

The Mustapha duo of central defender Mujjuzi and left back Kizza got cautioned as well as midfielders Shafiq Kagimu and David Owori.

DAVID OWORI of Uganda on the ball being marked by LEVISON MAGANIZO (C) of Malawi during the 2017 COSAFA U20 football match between Malawi and Uganda at Arthur Davies Stadium,Kitwe on 11 December 2017 ©Sydney Kalunga/BackpagePix

Uganda qualifies to the semi finals as the best team in group A with 5 points, same as Malawi although the Central Africans have few goals scored.

Uganda Hippos XI: Saidi Keni (G.K), Julius Poloto, Mustapha Kizza, Geofrey Wasswa, Mustapha Mujjuzi, Abubakar Kasule, Shafiq Kagimu, David Owori (77′ Frank ‘Zaga’ Tumwesigye), Steven Mukwala, Hamisi Tibita (46′ Mujahid ‘Baden’ Ogama), Victor Matovu

Subs Not Used: Ali Mwerusi (G.K), Eric Kibowa (G.K), Pius Obuya, Allan Okello, Andrew Okiring

Suspended: Muhammed Shaban

Injured: Fred Okot