AFCON U20: Uganda off to a bright start


The Uganda National U-20 Football team, the Hippos have started off their 2023 TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations U20 Championship campaign with a 2-1 victory over Central Africa Republic at Suez Canal Stadium, Egypt.

Isma Mugulusi and John Paul Dembe scored the two important goals in the second half to steer Uganda to a bright start.

Mugulusi goal came just after the break while Dembe double the Hippos lead with less than 20 minutes left on the clock.

There was nothing much to report in opening half as it was short of chances with both sides struggled to create chances upfront.

But just a few seconds after the break following a cornerkick, Uganda broke the deadlock through Mugulusi who tapped home a headed effort by Titus Ssematimba from close range.

Few minutes afterwards, the Hippos were denied a second by CAR goalkeeper Mauril Stéphane Abimala who parried away Ibrahim Juma’s brilliantly taken free kick to a corner.

The Hippos continued pressing for a second and came close again in the 65th minute, but Ssematimba rattled from the post.

With less than 20 minutes left on the clock, Uganda finally got their second of the night through Dembe’s Soul effort. The KCCA young forward easily beat off his marker with a brilliant turn and launched in his effort into the back of net to double the Hippos lead.

Before the end of the game, CAR got a late consolation through Boris Gbenou, which came too late to change the game’s result.

Uganda, who now top Group B with three points will play Congo in their next game on Thursday.

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