AFCON U20 : Sunday Njang’s header sinks Uganda Hippos


Sunday Njang Junior’s first half header was enough to sink a dominated Uganda Hippos side 1-0 at the Stade Olympique, Nouakvhott, Mauritania on Wednesday evening.

With both side have won their opener at the ongoing U20 Africa Nations championships, a quarterfinals slot was at a stake for the winner of the second group A game and it’s Cameroon that took it after edging past Uganda

Morley Byekwaso made no change to his starting lineup that won against Mozambique with Richard Basangwa, Ivan Bogere and Derrick Kakooza leading the line.

The Hippos got the first real goalscoring chance in the 11th minute of the game when Basangwa was put through toward the goal but the Vipers SC forward failed to find the back of the net with just the Cameroon goalie Hecube Willow to beat.

After some serious attacks on the Hippos goal, Cameroon broke the deadlock in the 32nd minute after Sunday Njang found the back of the net with a wonderful header from close range, after an exquisite outswinging cornerkick by John Bosco.

The game went into the halftime break with the Hippos trailing by a goal to nil and needed a response in the second half in order to pick atleast a point from the Junior lions.

Ten minutes into the second half, Hippos head coach Morley Byekwaso made a double substitution trying to find the leveller as Ivan Ashaba and Steven Sserwada were introduced on for Najib Yiga and Ivan Bogere.

With those two substitute, the Hippos imposed more going forward and Ashaba almost put Hippos level in the 68th minute but he was unlucky not to hit the target.

Two minutes afterwards, another substitute Samuel Ssenyonjo came close but this time, it was the Cameroon goalie Hecube who denied the KCCA forward, coming off his goal line to stop the youngster.

With the loss, Uganda stay second in group A and will need to win their last game against hosts, Mauritania in order to progress to the quarter finals of the Africa’s Under 20 tourney.

Meanwhile, Cameroon who have now booked their place for the quarter-finals, will play Mozambique in their last group game

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