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CECAFA U20: Byekwaso worried over player fatigue ahead of final showdown with Tanzania

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Morley Byekwaso | FUFA Media Courtesy Photo

Hippos head coach Morley Byekwaso is worried about his players being fatigued ahead of the 2020 CECAFA U20 Cup final showdown with Tanzania tomorrow at the Black Rhino Academy Stadium in Arusha.

On Monday afternoon, the Hippos defeated Kenya 3-1 to progress to the finals while defending champions and hosts, Tanzania defeated South Sudan 1-0 in the other semi-final.

Kenneth Ssemakula and Ivan Bogere (2) netted as Uganda ousted Kenya while a Kassim Haruna second-half strike was enough for Tanzania to eliminate the Bright Stars of South Sudan.

“Our training has been as always, it’s in routine formation because we have been doing this,” Byekwaso told FUFA media before adding;

“We haven’t changed much in whatever we have done, but the only worry is about the fatigue. We played yesterday and we needed 48 hours to rest but it hasn’t happened.”

“But I think it won’t affect us alone because even our opponents played yesterday. Both the two teams play possessive football so the game will be very interesting for the fans to enjoy. So, whoever does it best will win tomorrow’s game.”

Both teams that reached the final have qualified for the 2021 AFCON U20 tournament in Mauritania. It is the first time Uganda has qualified for the U20 Afcon competition.

The last time any Uganda men’s team faced Tanzania in any tournament, the Cranes defeated Tanzania 1-0 courtesy of Fahad Bayo’s strike in the 2019 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup in Uganda.

Predicted Uganda U-20 XI:

Jack Komakech (G.K), Gavin Kizito Mugweri (Captain), Aziz Kayondo, Musa Ramathan, Kenneth Semakula, Isma Mugulusi, Bobosi Byaruhanga, Richard Basangwa, Najib Yiga, Ivan Bogere, Steven Sserwadda


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