The Uganda Hippos will be eying qualification to the 2021 AFCON U-20 finals when they battle Kenya U20 in the semi-finals of the CECAFA championship in Arusha, Tanzania today evening at the Black Rhino Academy Stadium.
A win for the Hippos will grant them a slot in the next AFCON U-20 tournament in Mauritius.
The Hippos defeated Burundi 6-1 on Wednesday evening to go top group B with four points and progress to the semi-finals of the tournament, while Kenya dominated group C, collecting maximum points against Sudan and Ethiopia.
Morley Byekwaso’s team welcomes back defender Musa Ramathan who has been out since pickinb up a red card against South Sudan. It is expected that the KCCA FC tactician will once again field a back-3 that looked decent enough against Burundi. Gavin Kizito, Kenneth Ssemakula, and Aziz Kayondo featured in that back three.
Brace heroes Ivan Bogere and Isma Mugulusi are also expected to start against the Rising Stars of Kenya. Gor Mahia’s Benson Omalla, Ronald Reagan, and Enock Wanyama are the players to look out for from the Kenyan team. Omalla has had a contribution of 4 goals (2 goals and 2 assists) in Kenya’s two group games.
In the other semi-final, South Sudan who finished second in group B, and qualified as the best second-placed team from the three groups, will face off with hosts and reigning champions Tanzania for the other spot in the 2021 AFCON finals.
The two teams that qualify for the finals will automatically qualify for the Afcon U-20 to take place in Mauritania next year.
The Cecafa final and play-off will be played on Wednesday, December 2nd.
Predicted Hippos XI:
Jack Komakech (G.K), Gavin Kizito Mugweri (C), Aziz Kayondo, Kenneth Semakula, Bobosi Byaruhanga, Steven Sserwadda, Ivan Asaba, Isma Mugulusi, Richard Basangwa, Ivan Bogere, Najib Yiga
Predicted Rising star XI:
Maxwell Mulili, Fredrick Alushula, Lewis Bandi, Frank Odhiambo, Alphonse Omija, Steiner Musasia, Benson Omala, Enoch Wanyama, Matthew Mwendwa, Simon Omondi, Ronald Reagan