The Uganda men’s Under 20 team, the Hippos are the 2020 CECAFA U20 champions.
The Hippos defeated the hosts, Ngorongoro heroes of Tanzania 4-1 in the finals of the CECAFA U20 tournament in Arusha, Tanzania on Wednesday afternoon.
Goals by Najib Yiga, Steven Sserwada, Ivan Bogere, and Aziz Kayondo inspired the Hippos to their first CECAFA U20 title.
Tanzania’s Boys started on the brighter note, however, Uganda grew into the game faster and scored first following Yiga’s well-taken free-kick that was sent straight into the back of the net.
Ivan Bogere had a chance to double the Hippos lead but his shot went wide after some nice piece of interplay with Yiga.
With 29 minutes on the clock, Hamis Suleiman leveled matters for Tanzania by penalty after Ugandan defender Musa Ramathan handled the ball in the forbidden area. The Youngster stepped up and placed the ball past Jack Komakech, into the back of the net.
With a second to the halftime, Steven Sserwada put the Hippos once again ahead with a sublime finish.
Bogere finished another chance to propel the Hippos to a two-goal lead after having missed from the penalty spot when Isma Mugulusi was fouled in the 46th minute.
The game went into the halftime break with the Hippos into the narrow lead.
Striker Ivan Bogere extended Uganda’s lead of the game in the 62nd minute with a powerful header to beat Zuberi Masudi for a third.
Left-back Aziz Kayondo got Hippos’ fourth when his wonderful screaming effort from his own area found the Tanzanian custodian unaware in the 75th minute.
Uganda and Tanzania already had qualified for the 2021 AFCON U20 tournament in Mauritania after overcoming Kenya and South Sudan respectively at the semifinals.
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